Presentation: Talking with patients: Improving clinician-patient communication around healthcare-associated infections using video-reflexive methods
Wyer M, Hor S, Barratt R, Dempsey K, Gilbert G, Talking with patients: Improving clinician-patient communication around healthcare-associated infections using video-reflexive methods, Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control 2018 Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 19–21 November 2018.
Dr Mary Wyer presented at the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control 2018 Conference in Brisbane in November 2018. Her presentation was in a session called “Patient and consumer perspectives in care”.
INTRODUCTION: Patient participation is increasingly recognised as a crucial component of successful infection prevention and control (IPC). However, limited clinician-patient communication about IPC and healthcare associated infections means that patients may have inadequate understandings of transmission, and varying understandings of IPC strategies. Some clinicians can find these conversations with patients challenging. This paper presents findings from a study aimed at improving clinician-patient communication around the screening, identification of multi-drug resistant organism (MRO) carriage and its implications, with a broader aim of increasing patient involvement in IPC.
METHODS: The research was undertaken at a large metropolitan hospital in Sydney. Video recordings were made of the patient screening process in the adult renal unit, the laboratory and the IPC offices, including clinician-patient communication at the bedside. This footage was shown to patients for their comments. Patients’ comments were added to the pool of edited video clips about the screening process, which were then shown to nurses, IPC practitioners and laboratory staff to generate discussion and strategies for improving current communication practices.
RESULTS: Participants were able to identify communication gaps, opportunities and strategies when viewing the clips of the MRO screening process. In particular, nurses were able to better appreciate the informational needs of their patients, and to design resources to support their communication with patients during this process.
CONCLUSION: Video-reflexive methods enable healthcare professionals to view their communication practices from their patients’ and colleagues’ perspectives, and to better understand how they can shape patients’ understandings and precautions around infection risks and behaviours.