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dc.titleExperiences of Patients and Their Caregivers Admitted to a Hospital-at-Home Program in Singapore: a Descriptive Qualitative Study
dc.contributor.authorKo, SQ
dc.contributor.authorChua, CMS
dc.contributor.authorKoh, SH
dc.contributor.authorLim, YW
dc.contributor.authorShorey, S
dc.date.accessioned2022-11-15T07:53:13Z
dc.date.available2022-11-15T07:53:13Z
dc.date.issued2022-01-01
dc.identifier.citationKo, SQ, Chua, CMS, Koh, SH, Lim, YW, Shorey, S (2022-01-01). Experiences of Patients and Their Caregivers Admitted to a Hospital-at-Home Program in Singapore: a Descriptive Qualitative Study. Journal of General Internal Medicine. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-022-07765-1
dc.identifier.issn0884-8734
dc.identifier.issn1525-1497
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/234596
dc.description.abstractBackground: Hospital at Home (HaH) programs have been shown to improve clinical outcomes, quality of care, and patient satisfaction. However, how Asian patients experience HaH remained underexplored. Objective: To explore the perceptions and experiences of patients and caregivers admitted to a hospital-at-home program in Singapore. Design: Descriptive qualitative study design. Participants: Purposive sampling was used to conduct 36 interviews with 13 patients, nine Legally Acceptable Representatives (LARs), and 14 caregivers until data saturation was achieved. Interventions: NUHS@Home is a HaH program providing care through a multi-disciplinary team, enabled by remote vital signs monitoring through a tablet and wireless blood pressure and oxygen meters. Approach: This study used in-depth semi-structured individual interviews. Interviews were transcribed and thematically analyzed using Braun and Clark’s six-step inductive approach. Key Results: The overarching theme identified was “Enablers, difficulties, and improvements to the HaH experiences” which was supported by three key themes: (1) Perceived better care at home, (2) Importance of social support, and (3) Organizational structures required to support HaH. Participants described overall HaH experiences around factors contributing to their impeding engagement, overall satisfaction, and quality of care. Conclusions: Although HaH is unfamiliar to the Singapore population, most of the participants in this study had an overall positive experience. The key challenges found in this paper were the stress and inconvenience caused to caregivers. The enablers for positive HaH experiences were (1) consideration of patient’s family members as key participants in the patients’ therapeutic alliance; (2) the HaH care team must be accessible, approachable, and reassuring, and communicate frequently and timely with patients and their families; and (3) financing strategies to ensure HaH out-of-pockets costs remain affordable which are critical to keeping HaH as an option for patients and families.
dc.publisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
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dc.subjectHospital at Home
dc.subjecthospital-at-home
dc.subjectinterviews
dc.subjectqualitative
dc.subjecttelehealth
dc.typeArticle
dc.date.updated2022-11-15T07:00:13Z
dc.contributor.departmentDEPT OF MEDICINE
dc.contributor.departmentDEPT OF NURSING/ALICE LEE CTR FOR NUR ST
dc.description.doi10.1007/s11606-022-07765-1
dc.description.sourcetitleJournal of General Internal Medicine
dc.published.statePublished
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