Opportunities - Understanding Patient and Family Perspectives of Accelerated Discharge Planning in the Critically Ill: A Mixed-Methods Study

Understanding Patient and Family Perspectives of Accelerated Discharge Planning in the Critically Ill: A Mixed-Methods Study

University of Calgary - Cumming School of Medicine, Calgary Critical Care Research Network

 

Background

Critically ill patients admitted to intensive care units (ICU) are among the sickest in our healthcare system and their discharge is one of the highest risk transitions in care. Traditional methods of discharge are facing increasing challenges due to a myriad of constraints. Alternative methods have become more common in our healthcare system.

This study will provide an opportunity to evaluate patient and family perspectives on accelerated discharge planning (i.e. planning soon after ICU admission) in the critically ill and learn and prioritize what is important to patients and families when it comes to accelerated discharge plans. The insights gained through this study will form the foundation to develop accelerated discharge planning protocols that take into account the perspectives of a broad group of stakeholders. In order to best enable family caregivers to feel confident and prepared for monitoring and attending to the needs of their critically ill loved one, their insights on key elements and priorities in an accelerated discharge plan are fundamental to successful transitions in care.

This is a participant opportunity and involves a semi-structured interview and/or a two-phase online survey. This will help the research team to learn the perspectives of ICU patients and family members about priorities on key elements of accelerated discharge plans, and strategies to address barriers to implementation.

The anticipated outcomes include an understanding of patient and family perspectives on accelerated discharge planning and a list of prioritized key elements to inform future randomized trials in the area.

 

Roles and Responsibilities

We are asking former ICU patients and their families to participate in a semi-structured interview and/or two-phase online survey to gain an understanding of their unique perspective and identify priorities in discharge plans.

If participants are further interested, they can participate in regular triangulation and member checking to ensure the integrity of responses.

 

Time Commitment

Interview – 1 hour anticipated (15 minutes to review consent materials; 45 minutes for interview). The interview can be conducted over Zoom or the phone.

Two-phase survey – 1 hour total (30 minutes /survey). This is an online survey.

It is anticipated that the interviews will be conducted August/September 2021 and the surveys in October/November 2021.

 

Reimbursement/Compensation

There are no travel or other expenses associated with this remote opportunity. Surveys and interviews are online or via phone.

Participants will be offered a $25 gift card in appreciation of their time.

 

For more information or to apply please reach out to:

Emma Schalm                                                                                                           

emma.schalm@ucalgary.ca

403.813.5813