Perceptions from cardiac and stroke patients of the information provided by health professionals at discharge from hospital (2012-2014)

N. Berry, C. Astley, H. Du, K. Wechkunanukul, J. Tongpeth, P. Wonggom, R. Clark

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    Abstract

    Introduction: It is essential that patients are provided with education and information on symptom recognition and emergency actions plans at discharge to prevent cardiac and stroke rehospitalisations.

    Objectives: To gain an understanding of the information patients perceived was provided to them by hospital staff at discharge.

    Method: Data were collected from adult patients with a cardiac or stroke discharge diagnoses who were admitted to any of the SA public hospital via the SA Consumer Experience Surveillance System (SACESS) from January 2012 to December 2014.

    Results: The total study population was n=536; 60.6% were male; mean age 71 years (range 32-98 years). At discharge, 53.8% (n=168) of respondents reported that adequate arrangements had been made for referral to ongoing services, 6.7% reported arrangements were not made and 31.7% (n=99) reported they did not need any services after discharge. However, 31.1% (n=97) reported that they were not provided with any written or printed information about on-going care after discharge; 48.7% (n=152) reported they were informed about danger signs; 24% (n=75) reported they were not given any information about danger signs and 16.7% (n=52) reported they did not need this information. Seventy-five per cent (n=234) of respondents reported that they were provided with details of who to contact if they were worried about their condition.

    Conclusion: The results of this study show that although patients were satisfied with most accepts of the information they received, there were clear gaps in the provision of important information for cardiac and stroke patients at discharge.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)S301
    Number of pages1
    JournalHeart, Lung and Circulation
    Volume25
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2016
    Event64th Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) Annual Scientific Meeting - Adelaide, Australia
    Duration: 4 Aug 20167 Aug 2016
    https://www.heartlungcirc.org/issue/S1443-9506(16)X0009-1 (Published Abstracts)

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