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J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2010 Nov;21(4):1114-23. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2010.0940.

Problematic hospital experiences among adult patients with sickle cell disease.

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Osler Medical Training Program, Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Adults with sickle cell disease (SCD) have often reported difficulties obtaining care during vaso-occlusive crisis (VOC) in qualitative studies.

METHODS:

We measured the experiences of 45 SCD patients who received in-hospital care for VOC using the Picker Patient Experience Questionnaire (PPE-15), and used the one sample binomial test to compare with national norms.

RESULTS:

Most SCD patients reported that they were insufficiently involved in decisions (86%), staff gave conflicting information (64%), it wasn't easy to find someone to discuss concerns (61%), doctors' answers to questions were not clear (58%), nurses' answers to questions were not clear (56%), doctors did not always discuss fears and anxieties (53%), and nurses did not always discuss fears and anxieties (52%). A greater percentage of SCD patients than the U.S. sample in 9 of 12 areas reported problems.

CONCLUSIONS:

Further research is needed to determine the consequences of and potential interventions to improve these poor experiences.

PMID:
21099065
PMCID:
PMC3240938
DOI:
10.1353/hpu.2010.0940
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