Management of communication between inpatients isolated due to COVID-19 and their families

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J Healthc Qual Res. 2020 Nov 23:S2603-6479(20)30121-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jhqr.2020.10.006. Online ahead of print.


BACKGROUND AND GOAL: Quality of healthcare has been affected by the current dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic and the strict hospital isolation to which some inpatients have been subjected. Therefore, we propose to describe the process designed to facilitate the communication of inpatients with their families to detect their needs and perform individualized treatments in each case.

METHOD: Qualitative study with action research methodology, responding to the following algorithm: plan the action, diagnosis of the need and hypothesis-action; apply the action, creation of the group of case managers and training of the members; observe the action, collect and analyse the information. During the month of April 2020.

RESULTS: 1,754 interactions were undertaken, that affected 490 inpatients. Case Managers made 767 calls, to provide information about admissions (71.45%), changes in inpatient location or operation of units (18.84%), among others. One thousand and ninety-eight calls from family members were received requesting medical information (43.8%), to talk to inpatients (18.48%), to deliver personal articles or manage lost objects (12.84%), and seeking information about patient location or medical discharge (10.20%). Sixty-six percent of the requests were solved by Case Managers, 30% were referred on and 4% could not be solved.

CONCLUSIONS: Implementation of the Case Manager Group contributed to encourage communication of inpatients isolated due to COVID-19 with their families, responding to needs raised, improving quality of care and promoting humanization of care.

PMID:33349562 | PMC:PMC7682937 | DOI:10.1016/j.jhqr.2020.10.006

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