CHIPS Monthly Seminar: October 2019

By James Kelley

You’ve received care at the hospital, and now you’re told you can go home. Great! But at discharge, you learn you need to take X amount of medication Y on days 1, 3, and 5, follow-up with Dr. Z biweekly, and properly clean the wound every other week — but somehow you’ve already forgotten what step 1 was and who was supposed to take you home.

Ensuring that patients have effective transitions of care following hospitalization is a critical component to a strong health system and patient outcomes. Failure of such can lead to excess days in the hospital, readmission, and adverse events. Evidence identifies both patient and system factors that influence poor care transitions, yet health systems struggle to translate evidence into complex interventions that have a meaningful impact on care transitions.

The October 2019 CHIPS Seminar highlighted the work done by Dr. Giana Davidson, Elizabeth Austin, and their colleagues on their experience developing, pilot testing, and evaluating a complex intervention that aimed to improve care transitions for complex patients. In the hour long video, you’ll come away with knowing 1) what a complex intervention is and the theories behind complex intervention design, 2) what complexity and challenges there are related to post-acute care delivery, and 3) what methods to use when piloting and evaluating complex interventions. Check it out here.

For more information on the CHIPS Monthly Seminar, including archived videos and slides, visit us here.

James Kelley is the Research Coordinator for the Center for Health Innovation & Policy Science



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