Improving Patient Safety and Patient-Provider Communication: A Clinical Forum
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Perspectives (SIG 12) articles provide
an introduction to and description of the rationale for implementation of augmentative
alternative communication/assistive technology (AAC/AT) in acute care settings.
Barriers associated with implementation of AAC/AT in acute care settings are
identified and discussed. Data regarding use of the Noddle, a specific access
and communication option, are presented and discussed. A series of case studies
illustrate potential solutions to a wide range of both patient-specific and
institutional implementation problems.
You will be able to:
- describe the relationship between
patient–provider communication and health
outcomes in hospitalized patients
- identify the barriers that patients with
complex communication needs in an
inpatient setting may face
- describe the strategies to mediate
institutional specific barriers in acute care settings