Helping MS Patients Get the Most Out of Their Next Physician Visit.
|Title||Helping MS Patients Get the Most Out of Their Next Physician Visit.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Authors||Sorenson J, Kraft GH|
|Journal||International Journal of MS Care|
Focus: Physicians have time constraints, and patients frequently become disgruntled by long periods in the waiting room. To provide quality care to patients in a timely manner, a nursing tool is useful to identify and assess patient concerns before the patient is seen by the physician. This facilitates doctor-patient communication during the follow-up visit. Goal: Streamline patient visit, encourage open communication, clarify patient issues and concerns. Identify patient education needs, help identify when consults may be needed by other disciplines. Process: Develop a tool for information intake that the nurse can review with a patient before seeing the physician. This tool also alerts the nurse to specific educational needs for the patient that require nursing intervention immediately after the doctor-patient interaction. Patient Concerns: Medication refills, equipment needs and evaluation, bladder management, bowel management, sexual issues, memory problems, spasticity, injection issues, disability issues, fatigue, speech/swallow and visual concerns, family concerns, depression, and employment issues. Outcome: Evaluation of several forms that can be used to achieve this result.