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Stephanie Barone <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 12 Jan 2010 08:42:35 -0500
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I am a webmaster for a regional hospital. We use the Relationship-Based Care approach to provide patient-centered care - which basically means you have a nurse assigned to you for the length of your stay. One nurse who will be familiar with you, your condition, and your family. 

Our organization is the first to include Support Services in their endeavor. I obviously don't care for patients directly. But I do try to provide the information they need, when they need it. 

I love your idea of applying UX approaches to our push for primary nursing, and look forward to hearing more ideas.

Stephanie Barone

Web Developer / Producer

Communications & Marketing at Faxton St Lukes Healthcare

(315) 624-5280 

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>>> Hal Shubin <[log in to unmask]> 1/11/2010 2:38 PM >>>

I was talking with my primary care physician today about how un-patient-centered my recent hospital stay was. (See below for some examples.) He mentioned a seminar or class he teaches for residents about empathy and looking at medical care from the patient's point of view. I'm so glad he mentioned this because the experience made me want to find a way to apply what I know to fix the problem.

I'm sure there's not a lot of medical literature about this. Driving away, I started thinking about what there is in *our* literature, and in our methodologies that could help him. For example, maybe the idea of personas would be useful: they could work together to create personas for Sally SeniorCitizen, Andy Appendicitis, Uncle UnknownProblems and Polly Pregnant, and refer to them in their discussions.

Some of my consulting work has involved medical software and hardware, and I've done usability testing with physicians. But this is different. Have you done anything relevant that I could pass along? Or have any ideas that seem appropriate? 

thanks-- hs

A few examples of how un-patient-focused my hospital stay was. 

= I didn't mind having vitals checked every four hours around the clock -- it seems useful, and I wasn't sleeping well anyway.

= Nurses would do something and say they'd be back in (say) 20 minutes to check on the outcome, but it was much longer than that.

= Someone came in during the night and started asking questions without identifying himself -- how do I answer without knowing who and what he is? 

= Two teams of doctors wanted to poke, probe and interview me when I was just too cold and uncomfortable, so I had to ask them to leave. They said they'd be back soon, but it was the next day. 

= Another doctor wouldn't tell me what I should order when I was moved to a solid diet, he just vetoed all my suggestions; he said he'd come back later instead of helping me right then, but he sent a medical student three hours later. Etc.

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Hal Shubin  -  Interaction Design, Inc.

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