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Ways Care Transitions Can Enhance Patient Experience

Making the care transition from one setting to another is often difficult for patients. To make the process as smooth as possible, healthcare providers should take several steps to ensure that the patient’s experience is positive. Below are four ways to enhance care transitions to improve the patient experience.

Fewer hospital readmissions

One of the primary ways care transitions can enhance patient experience is by reducing the number of hospital readmissions. Hospital readmissions are when a patient is discharged from the hospital and then readmitted within 30 days. Studies have shown that care transitions can help reduce hospital readmission rates by up to 50%.

Care transitions can help reduce hospital readmissions by ensuring that patients clearly understand their discharge instructions. When patients are discharged from the hospital, they are often given much information to remember. Care transitions can help by providing patients with written discharge instructions and verbally going over the instructions with them. Additionally, care transitions can provide follow-up phone calls or home visits to ensure that patients understand their education and follow them correctly.

Another way care transitions can help reduce hospital readmissions is by connecting patients with community resources. When patients are discharged from the hospital, they may need assistance finding resources such as transportation, housing, or food assistance. Care transitions can help connect patients with these resources to transition back to their community successfully.

Improved communication between care providers

Another way care transitions can enhance patient experience is by improving communication between care providers. When patients are discharged from the hospital, their primary care physician or other care provider must be aware of their discharge information. This includes information on any new medications or treatments the patient takes. Care transitions can help to ensure that this information is communicated effectively between all parties involved in the patient’s care.

In addition to improving communication, care transitions can help reduce the hospital readmission risk. When patients are discharged from the hospital, they are often given a list of follow-up appointments and instructions on how to care for themselves at home. 

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However, many patients do not follow these instructions or fail to make their follow-up appointments. This can lead to a deterioration in their condition and eventually result in readmission to the hospital. Care transitions can help ensure that patients follow their discharge instructions and make their follow-up appointments, thereby reducing the risk of readmission.

Increased coordination of care

Care transitions can also help to increase the coordination of care for patients. Coordination of care refers to ensuring that all parties involved in a patient’s care work together effectively. This includes coordinating appointments, referrals, and prescriptions. By increasing care coordination, patients can receive the best possible care and experience fewer delays or gaps in their treatment.

Transitions in care can also help to improve communication between patients and their care providers. When patients understand their condition and treatment plan well, they are more likely to adhere to it and experience better health outcomes. Good communication can also help build trust between patients and their care providers, leading to better long-term relationships.

Improved patient satisfaction

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Care transitions have also been shown to improve patient satisfaction. Patient satisfaction measures how happy or satisfied patients are with their overall experience with a health care provider or facility. Studies have shown that patients who receive care during a transition are more likely to be satisfied with their overall experience than those who do not receive transition-related care.

One study found that patients who received care during a transition were more likely to report higher satisfaction with their care providers and the care they received. The study also found that patients who did not receive care during a transition were more likely to report lower satisfaction levels. Patients who receive care during a transition are also more likely to have better health outcomes. 

Studies have shown that patients receiving transition-related care are less likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. They are also less likely to visit the emergency room or be readmitted to the hospital within 90 days of release.

Improved clinical outcomes

In addition to enhancing patient experience, care transitions can also improve clinical outcomes. Clinical outcomes refer to a patient’s health measures after treatment for a particular condition or illness. Studies have shown that patients who receive care during a transition are more likely to have better clinical outcomes than those who do not receive transition-related care.

Patients who receive care during a transition are more likely to have better clinical outcomes than those who do not receive transition-related care. Clinical outcomes refer to a patient’s health measures after treatment for a particular condition or illness. Studies have shown that patients who receive care during a transition are more likely to have better clinical outcomes than those who do not receive transition-related care. Transition-related care can help ensure that patients receive the necessary follow-up care and support after they leave the hospital or primary care setting. This can prevent readmissions and reduce the risk of complications occurring.

Reduced costs

Finally, care transitions can also help reduce health care costs. When patients are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, it incurs additional costs for them and the health care system. Studies have shown that by reducing readmission rates, care transitions can help to save millions of dollars each year.

In addition to reducing readmission rates, care transitions can help improve patients’ health outcomes. One study found that patients who participated in a care transition program were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital and had fewer emergency department visits than those who did not participate. Another study found that patients who received care from a transitional care nurse had lower mortality rates than those who did not receive this type of care.

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Conclusion:

Cadia Healthcare Annapolis is a rehabilitation center that provides comprehensive care for patients recovering from injuries, illnesses, and surgeries. The facility offers inpatient and outpatient services and a wide range of amenities and activities to help patients regain strength and independence. Cadia Healthcare Annapolis is located in Annapolis, Maryland, just a short drive from Baltimore. The Joint Commission fully accredits the center on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).