DOI: 10.1097/pq9.0000000000000618; PMCID: PMC9649269
UNLABELLED: Postdischarge phone calls (PDPCs) are recommended to identify and mitigate postdischarge issues such as missed follow-up appointments, medication errors, and failure to activate contingency plans. A current state assessment showed variability in documenting PDPC content and postdischarge issue mitigation. Therefore, the primary aim was to improve the postdischarge issue mitigation documentation rate from 65% to 100% over 16 months.
METHODS: An interdisciplinary quality improvement team used the Model for Improvement to perform planned sequential interventions over 16 months. The outcome measure was documentation of postdischarge issue mitigation. Process measures included PDPC template use and completion and postdischarge issue identification. Balancing measures included call attempts and caller perceptions of ease of documentation. Interventions included creating a flowsheet note template, creating caller template training sessions, and sharing team data and feedback. We gathered data via reports generated from the electronic medical record, chart review, and survey. Data were analyzed using statistical process control charts and established rules for detecting special cause variation.
RESULTS: The postdischarge issue mitigation documentation increased from 65% to 91% over 16 months. Template use and completion increased from 0% to 100% and 98%, respectively. The number of postdischarge issues identified remained unchanged. Call attempts increased from 40% to 59%. Caller perceptions remained unchanged.
CONCLUSIONS: Documentation of postdischarge issues and issue mitigation promotes adequate communication with the patient's care providers, improving the quality and safety of care. Data sharing to promote team engagement was the key factor in improving documentation of postdischarge issue mitigation.
Pediatr Qual Saf
Vepraskas S, Osorio SN, Bauer SC, Stephany A, Gage S. Improving Documentation of Postdischarge Issue Mitigation during Postdischarge Phone Calls. Pediatr Qual Saf. 2022;7(6):e618. Published 2022 Nov 10. doi:10.1097/pq9.0000000000000618