Objective: To engage with patients, caregivers and care providers to co-design components of an intervention that aims to improve delayed hospital discharge experiences. Design: This is a qualitative study, which entailed working groups and co-design sessions utilizing World Café and deliberative dialogue techniques to continually refine the intervention. Setting and Participants: Our team engaged with 61 participants (patients, caregivers and care providers) in urban and rural communities across Ontario, Canada. A 7-member Patient and Caregiver Advisory Council participated in all stages of the research. Results: Key challenges experienced during a delayed discharge by patients, caregivers and care providers were poor communication and a lack of care services. Participants recommended a communication guide to support on-going conversation between care providers, patients and caregivers. The guide included key topics to cover and questions to ask during initial and on-going conversations to manage expectations and better understand the priorities and goals of patients and caregivers. Service recommendations included getting out of bed and dressed each day, addressing the psycho-social needs of patients through tailored activities and having a storyboard at the bedside to facilitate on-going engagement. Discussion and Conclusions: Our findings outline ways to meaningfully engage patients and caregivers during a delayed hospital discharge. Combining this with a minimal basket of services can potentially facilitate a better care experience and outcomes for patients, their care providers and families.
- delayed hospital discharge
- patient engagement
- transitions in care
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health