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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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Fisher KA, Kennedy K, Bloomstone S
Can sharing clinic notes improve communication and promote self-management? A qualitative study of patients with COPD.
The purpose of this study was to explore the effect of physicians sharing their clinical notes with patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and assess the impact on patient-physician communication and patient self-management. The researchers conducted interviews with 30 patients with COPD, asking them to review their clinic notes. The participants were primarily White (93.3%) with an average age of 65.5 years; more than 50% reported having a high school degree or less, almost half reported sometimes requiring help to read medical materials, and half had challenges understanding spoken information. The study found that patients reported that having the clinic notes gave them an opportunity to learn more about their condition, and encouraged their self-management by reminding them of their action steps, serving as prompts for seeking information, and motivating them. Patients indicated positive reactions to those physician notes that implied their clinician considered them as a person, listened to them, and noticed details about them. The majority of patients reported negative reactions to incorrect information in the notes, wording that they considered disapproving, and medical terms. The study concluded that the act of providers sharing their clinical notes with their patients can serve multiple purposes, including encouraging the exchange of information and self-management, and improving the relationship between patients and providers.
Citation: Fisher KA, Kennedy K, Bloomstone S . Can sharing clinic notes improve communication and promote self-management? A qualitative study of patients with COPD. Patient Educ Couns 2022 Mar;105(3):726-33. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2021.06.004..
Keywords: Respiratory Conditions, Chronic Conditions, Clinician-Patient Communication, Communication, Patient Self-Management
Ritchie CS, Houston TK, Richman JS
The E-Coach technology-assisted care transition system: a pragmatic randomized trial.
The researchers sought to evaluate the impact of a technology-supported care transition support program (E-Coach) on hospitalizations, days out of the community, and mortality. for patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). They found that rehospitalization rates did not differ between E-Coach and usual care groups; however, E-Coach was associated with fewer days in the hospital with the COPD subgroup, suggesting that E-Coach may be more beneficial among those with COPD but not those with CHF.
Citation: Ritchie CS, Houston TK, Richman JS . The E-Coach technology-assisted care transition system: a pragmatic randomized trial. Transl Behav Med 2016 Sep;6(3):428-37. doi: 10.1007/s13142-016-0422-8.
Keywords: Respiratory Conditions, Heart Disease and Health, Hospitalization, Patient Self-Management, Telehealth