Opportunities - Toward Optimal Use of Blood Tests for Hospitalized Patients
Re-Purposing the Ordering of ‘Routine’ laboratory Tests on medical teaching units
University of Calgary
Blood tests are valuable tools used by clinicians to help diagnose and treat their patients. However, overuse of these tests, particularly in hospitalized patients, leads to patient discomfort, disruption in sleep patterns, and can negatively impact their medical outcomes therefore it is important for clinicians and patients to engage in meaningful conversations about why and how often blood tests are drawn.
Our team previously brought together a national group and developed recommendations on the use of blood tests for hospitalized patients. Through education of healthcare teams about these recommendations, and by providing summarized feedback to them on their ordering patterns, we have shown that we can safely reduce blood test overuse.
We are now proposing a new study to engage with patients about their perspectives on the appropriate use of blood testing and to share widely the effects of education and feedback on blood testing with 6 hospitals in Canada. By learning and understanding the views of patients and healthcare teams around these efforts, these results can help to inform how to best integrate tools to optimize blood test into healthcare system operational processes and can help determine the true impacts of our efforts in reducing blood test use . This can also help to answer questions related to its cost-effectiveness. Our eventual goal is widespread integration of such tools so that blood testing in hospitals becomes more purposeful.
Roles and Responsibilities
We are seeking a patient partner to join our team as an applicant/collaborator on the project proposal to CIHR. This patient partner will have a leadership role in informing and developing the patient engagement approaches and strategies of the project including establishing and sustaining a patient advisory council.
If the grant application is successful, the project will start April 2021 with 1 hour team meetings every 3 months for 3 years.
There is no compensation being offered for the grant submission stage however if the application is successful patient partners will, going forward, be compensated for their time and contributions to the study from the project grant budget.
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