OBJECTIVES: To create an innovative process to care for urological outpatient surgery patients in an outpatient clinic basis conducted by nursing staff.
METHODS: Our centre covers a population of 153,266 inhabitants. A differentiated process for urological outpatient surgery patients has been implemented, conducted by nursing staff trained for the attendance of urologic patients ("phimosis","short penile frenulum",and "vasectomy request" sent from Primary Care units). Planning and implementation phases have been carried out. In the control phase, a questionnaire was given after surgical procedures with 9 different items, in order to assess different issues of the process.
RESULTS: A total of 224 patients were attended during the study period, and 175 valid questionnaires were collected (78.1%). The procedures performed were circumcision (11.7%), frenuloplasty (14.6%), and vasectomy (73.7%), with a median patient age of 36 years. Satisfaction level was high for all items of the questionnaire, with 98.2% of patients" very satisfied" or "rather satisfied" when asked for the overall quality of attention of the whole process. The lowest scores were obtained in items that assessed delay from the appointment to attendance date (5.1% of patients "little satisfaction or not satisfied"), and the perception of information supplied (2.3% "little satisfaction or not satisfied"). A lower satisfaction score was observed (in the delay from appointment to attendance) in younger patients (p=0.001) and in patients who underwent circumcision (p=0.004). No complaints with regard to this process were collected. No incorrect indications for interventions were observed.
CONCLUSIONS: The attendance of urological outpatient surgery patients can be safely and effectively performed by nursing staff trained for the care of urologic patients, without observing a decrease of the level of user satisfaction. Focusing on a process strategy allows the identification of areas for improvement and makes possible total quality management.
Lujan M, Gamarra M, Mora JR, Lopez MC, Pascual C, Martin C, Diz MR, Chiva V. Are you the author?
Urology Unit, Hospital Universitario Infanta Cristina, Parla, Madrid. Escuela Nacional de Sanidad, Instituto Carlos III, Madrid, Spain.
Reference: Arch Esp Urol. 2013 Nov;66(9):841-850.
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