Allied Health | April 26, 2016
Being hospitalized is scary and often stress-inducing for patients. In order to ease their minds, it is important for patients to feel that their health care providers are working together cohesively to ensure that they are receiving the best care possible.
Continuity of care plays a vital role in improving quality outcomes and increasing patient satisfaction. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, continuity of care is defined as, “The process by which the patient and his/her physician-led care team are cooperatively involved in ongoing health care management toward the shared goal of high quality, cost-effective medical care.” With many different options available to patients with regards to where they receive their healthcare, it can be difficult for hospitals to stand out among one another. However, hospitals with a reputation of strong patient satisfaction can easily set themselves apart from the rest.
Treating the whole patient – physically, emotionally, psychologically and nutritionally – with interdisciplinary care teams, is one of many things hospitals that aim to achieve a high degree of patient satisfaction can employ. In order for interdisciplinary care teams to function like a well-oiled machine, it is important for all team members to be on the same page not only with their treatment strategies, but also with the information they use to create those strategies.
EBSCO Health offers a comprehensive suite of point-of-care tools and research databases that provide interdisciplinary care teams with trusted information and patient education materials that work cohesively across specialties. Check out the infographic, “A Patient’s Journey,” to learn more about how EBSCO Health can positively effect the patient experience.
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