Population Health and Health Policy
This article was published in the January/February 2015 issue of the Journal for Healthcare Quality, and reports on the evaluation of a demonstration in 10 rural communities to improve the safety of nursing facility (NF) transfers to hospital emergency departments by forming interprofessional teams of hospital, emergency medical service, and NF staff to develop and implement tools and protocols for standardizing critical interfacility communication pathways and information sharing. The research team at the USM Muskie School worked with each of the 10 interprofessional teams to document current communication processes and information sharing tools and to design, implement and evaluate strategies/tools to increase effective communication and sharing of patient information across settings.
For more information on this study, please contact Judy Tupper.
Suggested citation: Tupper JB, Gray CE, Pearson KB, Coburn AF. Safety of Rural Nursing Home-to-Emergency Department Transfers: Improving Communication and Patient Information Sharing across Settings. J Healthc Qual. 2015;37(1):55-65.
In 2013, Maine piloted the Agency on Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture to 78 primary and specialty care practices in Maine.
Results from the survey showed that while practices may be doing well in areas such as patient care tracking and communication about errors, practices struggle with standardization of office processes and staff training, which were two areas significantly lower than the national comparison.
David Hartley, PhD, the Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center (MRHRC) and a Research Professor of Public Health has announced that he will be retiring from the University of Southern Maine August 31st, 2014. David came to the University in 1994.