- A study by researchers from
Brigham and Women's hospital traces the changes in patient care from 2000
- This study highlights areas of
care that have improved over the years and certain areas which need
- Recommended medical treatment,
counseling, recommended cancer screening and avoiding unnecessary cancer
screening have been better over the years.
The quality of
patient care in a hospital is imperative for a patient's wellbeing, both
physically as well as emotionally. 46 indicators that aid in understanding the
level of outpatient care in the U.S
identified in a study conducted by Dr. David M Levine from the Brigham and
The study looked
at data from 2000 to 2013, highlighting aspects of medical care that improved
over the years. Here are the top 4 ways patient care has improved over the
‘A study highlights aspects of patient care that have improved from the year 2000 to 2013, providing an insight into patient care and areas of improvement.’
1. Recommended Medical Treatment Increases to 42%
recommendation of treatment that is deemed necessary for a patient is given by
the doctors after careful examination of the patient, the age of the patient,
the disease progression and the availability of treatment measures. The study
found that there was an increase in the percentage of people who received
necessary recommendation for treatment that helped them in their recovery for a
specific medical condition.
In 2000, the
recommended medical treatment was at 36%, the increase in this measure can be
attributed to greater medical care and awareness about patient needs.
2. Recommended Counseling Increases to 50%
counseling is another important measure of patient care. Most patients undergo
a lot of mental agony and trauma as a result of the diseases that they are
afflicted with. Apart from the aid provided for physical trauma, there are
emotional scars that need healing and medical counseling is an important means
patients help themselves while removing feelings of distress and hopelessness.
It is an essential form of therapy and the increase in the number of
recommended counseling is a sign of better care for patients.
3. Recommended Cancer Screening Increases to 75% Cancer
is one of the leading causes of morbidity and
mortality across the world. There are 4 stages in cancer and the fourth and
final stage is when cancer cells enter the blood stream and lead to the
development of secondary growth in any organ system. The prognosis for patients
in the final stage of cancer is very poor. However, identification of cancer
during the initial stages aids in better treatment. An increase in recommended
cancer screening will aid in detecting the presence of cancer during the first
couple of stages.
4. Avoidance of Inappropriate Cancer Screening to 51%
is at the other end of the yardstick, where additional
screening could increase patient effort and money but will not mount to a need
for the service. Apart from the physical exertion, unnecessary screening can
increase anxiety associated with waiting for the results. Avoidance of
unnecessary screening for cancer increased from 48% to 51%.
The increase in
care for patients is due to the earnest dedication of doctors
and staff in a hospital. 77% of
patients who were asked about their care experience said they highly rated it,
which is an increase of 5%.
The study also
highlights certain areas which did not show any improvement like avoidance of
inappropriate imaging (90%), Diabetes care recommendations (68%) and
recommended diagnostic and preventive testing (76%).
The only areas
of concern were the use of inappropriate medical treatments, which lowered from
92% to 89%, and inappropriate antibiotic use avoidance decreased from 50% to
patient care provided by hospitals is an essential support that encompasses
diagnostic services, treatment of diseases or injury, rehabilitation and
improvement of health. While the necessary precaution should be exerted in
diagnosing the patient correctly
and detecting the
presence of disease conditions early, care should be taken to avoid unnecessary
diagnostic or imaging methods, as highlighted in the study.