Baron, S., 2009. Evaluating the patient journey approach to ensure health care is centred on patients. Nursing Times, 105 (22), pp. 20-23.
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Background: In order to become more patient-focused, the City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust developed the ‘patient journey’ approach, which was a ‘comprehensive practice development/service improvement’ model. Aim: For an ‘outsider’ (a newly qualified nurse with personal experiences as a patient) to implement a new patient journey in an unrelated hospital trust, to enable an impartial and independent evaluation of the model. Method: This was an action-research study, with data collected through a variety of sources such as matrix sampling, project team meetings, mapping and semi-structured qualitative interviews. Results: Participants spoke extremely highly of the care received, while interviews revealed more insightful and sometimes distressing information. A number of changes to service delivery were made as a result, including the introduction of a dedicated telephone line giving patients direct contact with the vascular nurse practitioner. Discussion: The most notable attributes of the patient journey approach are: giving patients a ‘voice’; enhancing collaborative multidisciplinary teamwork; shared ownership and decision-making; providing evidence to substantiate change; and achieving results. Conclusion: The City Hospitals Sunderland patient journey approach is an effective, patient-centred, collaborative service improvement model. Keywords: Patient journey, Patient experience, Action research
|Subjects:||Social Sciences > Education|
Technology > Medicine and Health > Nursing and Midwifery
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care|
|Deposited By:||Sue Baron|
|Deposited On:||21 Dec 2011 11:33|
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