Building communication between professionals at children's specialty hospitals and the medical home
Department of Pediatrics; Meyers Primary Care Institute
Medical Subject Headings
Child; Communication; Continuity of Patient Care; Female; Hospitals, Pediatric; Humans; *Interdisciplinary Communication; Male; Massachusetts; Physician's Practice Patterns; Physician's Role; Primary Health Care; Quality Assurance, Health Care; Quality Indicators, Health Care; Questionnaires; Research Design
Health Services Research | Pediatrics | Primary Care
OBJECTIVE: Build a quality improvement (QI) intervention to improve communication between a children's specialty hospital and referring primary care providers (PCPs).
METHODS: A network of charitable children's hospitals identified improving communication as a systemwide goal. At one model hospital, we used qualitative telephone interviewing of hospital specialists and staff, and referring PCPs, to characterize the communication system and identify potential improvements. We identified potential high-impact areas through content analysis and developed a QI change package with hospital leadership.
RESULTS: Participants described inconsistent communication, with no systematic identification of PCPs. Families were the typical means of inter-physician communication. Multiple non-PCP referral sources were a major contributor to communication breakdowns. Respondents identified a system for identification and communication with PCPs as an essential first step.
CONCLUSIONS: Systems for communication with PCPs are underdeveloped at a children's charitable specialty hospital. Straightforward changes could build an effective system that is generalizable to other hospitals.
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Citation: Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2009 Jul;48(6):661-73. Epub 2009 Mar 12. Link to article on publisher's site