Center-Based Quality Initiative Targets Youth Preparedness for Medical Independence: HEMO-Milestones Tool in a Comprehensive Hemophilia Clinic Setting.

Abstract:

BACKGROUND:Patient transition readiness self-assessment tools and investigation into patient and parent perceptions of the transition process from pediatric to adult care models have informed recognition of gaps in care, particularly for those with chronic disease. Implementation of a longitudinal transition process with patient tracking provides the opportunity for individualized education and skill building and fosters a patient-centered model. PROCEDURE:Quality improvement intervention was used to assess and improve our transition process at annual comprehensive clinic visits for patients with bleeding disorders at our tertiary care pediatric center. RESULTS:Thirty-one patients with rare bleeding disorders received an introduction to the transition process using the HEMO-milestones tool in our hemophilia comprehensive clinic from September to December 2014. The percentage of patients with documented, age-specific hemophilia knowledge/skill assessment increased from 21% to 97%. The percentage of patients with documented skill building or adult care transfer plan increased from 55% to 93%. Designated postclinic team debriefings facilitated the creation of collaborative documentation summarizing each patient's transition readiness and plan for continued skill building. CONCLUSIONS:The HEMO-milestones tool promotes a standardized approach to evaluation of self-management competency. When combined with a collaborative multidisciplinary effort, it increases plans for skill building in patients with hemophilia. This tool is easily modifiable for alternate subspecialty use and does not require extensive training for implementation.

journal_name

Pediatr Blood Cancer

journal_title

Pediatric blood & cancer

authors

Croteau SE,Padula M,Quint K,D'Angelo L,Neufeld EJ

doi

10.1002/pbc.25807

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2016-03-01 00:00:00

pages

499-503

issue

3

eissn

1545-5009

issn

1545-5017

journal_volume

63

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