Rehabilitation care

Innovations

Peer Coaching Combined With Nurse Outreach Improves Adherence to Medical Recommendations Among Elderly Cardiac Patients Who Live Alone Following Discharge 02/12/08

A nurse-guided, patient-centered approach combines ongoing peer support from a trained elder with home visits and followup phone calls from an advanced practice nurse for unpartnered, elderly patients who are discharged from the hospital after a heart attack or bypass surgery. The program is intended to encourage compliance with medication regimens and recommended lifestyle changes, with the goal of reducing hospital readmissions. A 247-patient randomized controlled trial found that the program improved adherence to medical recommendations and reduced hospitalizations due to cardiac-related complications but failed to reduce overall hospital readmissions.

Patient- and Family-Centered Care Initiative Is Associated With High Patient Satisfaction and Positive Outcomes for Total Joint Replacement Patients 01/24/08

Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center implemented the Patient and Family Centered Care Methodology and Practice, a low-technology, systems-based approach to inpatient care that focuses on providing care from the patient's and family's perspective; the program is associated with high rates of patient satisfaction, functional status, and adherence to evidence-based care protocols, along with low infection rates and length of stay.

Four-Step Protocol Determines Therapy for Patients With Acute Respiratory Failure, Leading to Improved Mobility, Shorter Stays 01/23/08

Use of a four-step, standardized protocol to determine the appropriate level of physical therapy in intensive care unit patients with acute respiratory failure led to earlier ambulation and lower length of stay.

Mental Health Court Links Eligible Offenders With Treatment and Monitoring, Reducing Recidivism, and Improving Outcomes 01/15/08

The Brooklyn Mental Health Court links eligible defendants to long-term treatment and monitoring of their mental health problems as an alternative to incarceration. Early evidence suggests that the program has been successful in reducing recidivism, homelessness, psychiatric hospitalizations, alcohol use, and substance abuse.

Better Integration of Home Health Aides Into the Health Care Team Improves Patient Functionality 01/11/08

A team-building program at the largest home care agency in the country integrated home health aides into the health care team and resulted in enhanced functional status for patients, including being better able to move independently from a bed to a wheelchair or chair and better able to walk without support.

24-Hour Mobile Mental Health Crisis Team Reduces Hospitalization for Children with Complex Behavioral and Emotional Needs 01/04/08

A rapid response team defuses crisis situations for children with complex behavioral needs.

At-Home, Internet-Enabled Therapy Sessions Enhance Access to Cognitive Rehabilitation for Traumatic Brain Injury Patients, Leading to High Levels of Patient and Therapist Satisfaction 12/18/07

Mayo Clinic therapists conduct remote cognitive rehabilitation sessions with acquired brain injury patients who remain in or near their homes, thus enhancing access to care for those who find it difficult to travel for face-to-face sessions.

Administrative Overhaul Improves Access to Substance Abuse Services for Iowa Patients 12/03/07

Using tools and resources developed by NIATx, the Iowa Department of Public Health and local providers conducted an administrative overhaul of substance abuse services to improve access to care for patients in Iowa.

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