As we told you yesterday, INQRI grantee Marianne Weiss will participate in a Twitter chat on patient engagement later today. In advance, we'd like to introduce you to the work of her INQRI team which focused on nurses' contributions to hospital discharge teaching.
Improving hospital discharge and reducing
unnecessary readmissions is a critical issue. Policymakers are seeking cost-effective solutions to better transition
patients from hospital to home. Dr. Weiss and Dr. Olga Yakusheva led a team at Marquette University to study what
hospital-based nurses do to influence outcomes after a patient is
discharged from a hospital. They identified the
contributions that nursing staff make to the quality of discharge
teaching and the impact of that teaching on patient outcomes, readiness
and readmission rates of patients who are discharged home. The team
found that when units had more RN hours per patient day, fewer overtime
hours and fewer vacancies, the discharge teaching was of higher quality,
patients reported greater readiness for hospital discharge, and
post-discharge utilization of readmission and emergency room visits was
To access the articles published by the Weiss-Yakusheva team on this topic, please visit their page on the INQRI website.
Join us for today's Twitter chat using hashtag #PatientChat from 2pm-3pmET.
Experts: @RWJF, @theNPSF, @NPAF_tweets, @TrishaTorrey, @tedeytan, @RWJF_HumanCap, @INQRIprogram (*Dr. Weiss will use the INQRI Twitter handle)