The Particulars: Healthcare reform calls for patients to be more engaged in their care in order to improve outcomes. However, few hospital systems develop processes of care with direct patient input.
Data Breakdown: For a study, investigators assessed the experiences of heart failure (HF) patients after they were hospitalized for HF and through their transition to home. Patients who received a patient education folder and reviewed if with a provider felt more prepared to manage their care at home than those who did not. Nearly all patients had challenges at home with diet, participating in activities, and stress. Many stated that they wanted their provider to inform them more about symptoms and self-management. In-office visits within 2 weeks of discharge were deemed most helpful for follow-up care.
Take Home Pearls: Patients with HF appear to want early and personalized education, consistent and coordinated care, and assistance with medications and home care. These perspectives can be used to improve patient experiences and care processes.