Anne Jones RN
BC, BSN; Sharon Mackey DPT; Holly Vieira RN BC, BSN, COS C
Anne Jones RN BC, BSN; Sharon Mackey DPT; Holly Vieira RN BC, BSN, COS C
UC DAVIS HEALTH -BEST PEOPLE & PRACTICE ENVIRONMENT
Symptom management is a primary goal in the treatment of patients in Home Health, Hospice and Palliative Care. The Home Care program employs an interprofessional approach that offers Complementary Integrative Medicine (CIM) interventions through its interprofessional team including nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains, dieticians, physical, occupational, and speech therapists. It was unclear if Home Care Services staff were aware of all that is currently available to our patients for symptom management.
The aim of this project is to improve patient centered care by improving staff knowledge of Complimentary Integrative Medicine techniques currently available in Home Care Services.
Design & Methods
•Mixed method design
•Qualitative and Quantitative data
•Knowledge assessed of CIM
Charts (see poster)
Conclusions & Further Study
The results demonstrated improvement in clinician knowledge of CIM interventions currently available in Home Care Services after staff education was implemented.
Ongoing Interventions and Future Study
•Education on how to access CIM available.
•Education on identifying need for CIM.
•Assess if referrals for CIM increased.
•Assess if patient symptoms improved.
Processes for standardizing clinician education are critical to the success and sustainability of change.