A pilot of the Patient Concerns Inventory – Ward Discharge in patients following major reconstructive surgery for head and neck cancer

SIMON ROGERS, James Indoe, Sally Lane, Karen Davies

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Abstract

Planning discharge from hospital following microvascular free-tissue surgery can be complex and challenging. Planning involves the patient, carers and multiple health professionals. Poor communication and expectations can delay discharge or give a suboptimal discharge process. It was hypothesised that prompt-list modelled along the principals of the Patient Concerns Inventory (PCI) could be help in discharge planning. The aim of this study was to define the items and format of a PCI-Ward Discharge (PCI-WD) and undertake a small pilot. Items appropriate for the PCI-WD were formulated through discussion with patients, carers, ward staff, Head and Neck Clinical Nurse Specialists, and clinicians. The pilot took place over 3 months from December 2019 through February 2020. Audit approval was given by the hospital Audit Department. The PCI-WD comprises 43 items. Items from existing PCIs for use at diagnosis and follow-up consultations were reduced in number and 38 new or modified items added; 6 treatment related, 5 social care and social well-being, 4 psychological,
emotional and spiritual well-being, 7 physical and functional well-being and 16 discharge related. The pilot involved 14 free-tissue transfer patients, 7 male, 7 female, with age range 57 to 87 and average age 72. Eight PCI-WD were returned. PCI-WD items identified most frequently were ‘surgery site other than head/neck’, ‘when do I come back to hospital’, ‘dental check-up/oral health care’ and ‘diet/eating’. Early findings suggest that PCI-WD could be a useful tool in aiding the discharge process. Further evaluation is required.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Early online date21 Aug 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Aug 2020

Keywords

  • Patient Concerns Inventory; prompt list; head and neck cancer; ward discharge planning

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