HumanInsight Challenges developing an electronic patient-reported outcome measurement for palliative home care: A qualitative interview and focus group study
Palliat Med. 2023 Jan 4:2692163221141487. doi: 10.1177/02692163221141487. Online ahead of print.
BACKGROUND: Patient-reported outcome measures have the potential to improve outcomes, quality, and effectiveness of care. Digital use of patient-reported outcome measures could be an option to foster implementation in palliative care. The Palli-MONITOR study focused on developing and testing an electronic patient-reported outcome measure in specialised palliative home care. As part of this study, we examined setting-specific challenges for the development of the measure.
AIM: We aimed to identify and explore challenges for the development of electronic patient-reported outcome measures as standardised assessment in specialised palliative home care.
DESIGN: Qualitative approach with semi-structured interviews and focus groups. Data were thematically analysed using the framework method.
SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: Patients and professionals from five German palliative home care teams.
RESULTS: Patients described potential problems in using electronic questionnaires due to their deteriorating health. Answering the electronic questionnaire encouraged patients to reflect on their current palliative situation, which was partly perceived as burdensome. Identified concerns and questions regarding the future roll-out of electronic patient-reported outcome measurement addressed the process of receiving and using the provided information in clinical care routine. Challenging factors on organisational and structural level were the potential undermining of the established 24-h emergency call system and the potential use for patients.
CONCLUSIONS: Our results provide a multifaceted picture of challenges developing electronic systems for patient-reported outcome measurement in palliative home care on the individual and organisational level. The study underpins the benefit of stakeholder involvement creating digital health innovations and emphasises the importance to therefore mind setting specific culture.
PMID:36600402 | DOI:10.1177/02692163221141487
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