Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0242610
Title: Exploring the dimensions of patient experience for community-based care programmes in a multi-ethnic Asian context
Authors: Foo, C.D.
Tan, Y.L.
Shrestha, P. 
Eh, K.X.
Ang, I.Y.H. 
Nurjono, M. 
Toh, S.-A. 
Shiraz, F. 
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Citation: Foo, C.D., Tan, Y.L., Shrestha, P., Eh, K.X., Ang, I.Y.H., Nurjono, M., Toh, S.-A., Shiraz, F. (2020). Exploring the dimensions of patient experience for community-based care programmes in a multi-ethnic Asian context. PLoS ONE 15 (11-Nov) : e0242610. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0242610
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: Introduction The aim of this study is to explore patients' experiences with community-based care programmes (CCPs) and develop dimensions of patient experience salient to communitybased care in Singapore. Most countries like Singapore are transforming its healthcare system from a hospital-centric model to a person-centered community-based care model to better manage the increasing chronic disease burden resulting from an ageing population. It is thus critical to understand the impact of hospital to community transitions from the patients' perspective. The exploration of patient experience will guide the development of an instrument for the evaluation of CCPs for quality improvement purposes. Methods A qualitative exploratory study was conducted where face-to-face in-depth interviews were conducted using a purposive sampling method with patients enrolled in CCPs. In total, 64 participants aged between 41 to 94 years were recruited. A deductive framework was developed using the Picker Patient Experience instrument to guide our analysis. Inductive coding was also conducted which resulted in emergence of new themes. Results Our findings highlighted eight key themes of patient experience: I) ensuring care continuity, ii) involvement of family, iii) access to emotional support, vi) ensuring physical comfort, v) coordination of services between providers, vi) providing patient education, vii) importance of respect for patients, and viii) healthcare financing. Conclusion Our results demonstrated that patient experience is multi-faceted, and dimensions of patient experience vary according to healthcare settings. As most patient experience frameworks were developed based on a single care setting in western populations, our findings can inform the development of a culturally relevant instrument to measure patient experience of community-based care for a multi-ethnic Asian context. © 2020 Foo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Source Title: PLoS ONE
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/199407
ISSN: 19326203
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0242610
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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