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Keller SC, Cosgrove SE, Arbaje AI
Roles and role ambiguity in patient- and caregiver-performed outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy.
This study examined roles and role ambiguity in patient- and caregiver-performed outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT). A qualitative study of patients and caregivers was conducted using 40 semistructured telephone interviews and 20 contextual inquiries for patients and caregivers. The participants had been discharged from two academic medical centers and put on OPAT. Four main roles were identified: communicator, advocate, learner-trainer, and lay health care worker. There was ambiguity shown among health care workers as well as patients and caregivers. Clearer delineation of roles as to who performs which tasks was indicated in the study.
Citation: Keller SC, Cosgrove SE, Arbaje AI . Roles and role ambiguity in patient- and caregiver-performed outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2019 Nov;45(11):763-71. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjq.2019.07.003..
Keywords: Patient-Centered Healthcare, Quality Improvement, Healthcare Delivery, Patient Self-Management, Care Management, Caregiving, Quality of Care, Patient Safety