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Communicating during care transitions for older hip fracture patients: family caregiver and health care provider's perspectives

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Author(s): Christine Glenny | Paul Stolee | Linda Sheiban | Susan Jaglal

Journal: International Journal of Integrated Care
ISSN 1568-4156

Volume: 13;
Issue: 4;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: transitions | older adults | information sharing

ABSTRACT
Introduction: Older hip fracture patients frequently require care across a variety of settings, from multiple individuals, including their family caregivers. We explored issues related to information sharing during transitional care for older hip fracture patients through the perspectives of both health care providers and family caregivers.Methods: Thirty-five semi-structured interviews were conducted with family caregivers (n = 9) and health care providers (n = 26) of six hip fracture patients to gather perspectives on information sharing at each care transition, beginning with post-surgical discharge from acute care. Data were analysed using conventional qualitative content analysis methods using NVivo8 software.Results: Both family caregivers and health care providers recognise that family caregivers' involvement has important benefits for patients, but this involvement is frequently limited by poor information sharing. Barriers include limited staff time, patient privacy regulations and lack of a clear structure to guide information sharing. Receiving, not offering, information was the focus of information sharing by both family caregivers and health care providers.Conclusions: Specific barriers that lead to poor information sharing between family caregivers and health care providers have been identified in this study. Possible interventions to improve information sharing include encouraging communication with family caregivers as standard care practice, educational strategies and more effective use of health information systems and technologies.
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