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Research Studies is a monthly compilation of research articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers and recently published in journals or newsletters.
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Fuller TE, Pong DD, Piniella N
Interactive digital health tools to engage patients and caregivers in discharge preparation: implementation study.
This clinical trial studied implementation of a suite of EHR-integrated digital health tools to engage patients, caregivers, and clinicians in discharge preparation during hospitalization. Patients who were enrolled agreed to watch a discharge video, complete a checklist assessing discharge readiness, and request postdischarge text messaging with a physician 24 to 48 hours before their expected discharge date. Out of 752 patient admissions, from December 2017 to July 2018, 510 participated, 416 watched the video and completed the checklist, and 94 completed only the checklist. Most patients endorsed the tools, but felt that the video and checklist would be more useful closer to the actual discharge date. Clinicians participating in focus groups perceived the value for patients but felt that there were a number of limitations including low awareness and variable workflow regarding the intervention. A number of strategies were offered by the authors to address implementation barriers and promote adoption of these tools.
Citation: Fuller TE, Pong DD, Piniella N . Interactive digital health tools to engage patients and caregivers in discharge preparation: implementation study. J Med Internet Res 2020 Apr 28;22(4):e15573. doi: 10.2196/15573..
Keywords: Health Information Technology (HIT), Patient and Family Engagement, Caregiving, Hospital Discharge, Transitions of Care, Hospitals
Sanger PC, Hartzler A, Han SM
Patient perspectives on post-discharge surgical site infections: towards a patient-centered mobile health solution.
This study explored patient experience of surgical site infections (SSI) and openness to a mobile health (mHealth) wound monitoring ‘‘app’’ as a novel solution to address the problem of patient perceptions about barriers experienced while seeking care for post-discharge SSI. It found that patients are dissatisfied with the current standard post-hospitalization care practice and were accepting of the concept of a patient-centered wound monitoring application.
Citation: Sanger PC, Hartzler A, Han SM . Patient perspectives on post-discharge surgical site infections: towards a patient-centered mobile health solution. PLoS One 2014 Dec;9(12):e114016. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0114016..
Keywords: Surgery, Health Information Technology (HIT), Adverse Events, Patient Experience, Hospital Discharge
Liao JM, Roy CL, Eibensteiner K
Lost in transition: discrepancies in how physicians perceive the actionability of the results of tests pending at discharge.
Effective communication of pending hospital test results between inpatient and primary care physicians is sometimes challenging or nonexistent. This communication is essential for safe, quality transactions at discharge. Health information technology (such as email and fax) is an effective strategy for improving and reporting test-result management.
Citation: Liao JM, Roy CL, Eibensteiner K . Lost in transition: discrepancies in how physicians perceive the actionability of the results of tests pending at discharge. J Hospital Med. 2014 Jun;9(6):407-9. doi: 10.1002/jhm.2177..
Keywords: Communication, Care Coordination, Health Information Technology (HIT), Hospital Discharge, Patient Safety