Patient Satisfaction with an Interprofessional Approach to Wound Care in Qatar.
Faced with the challenge to meet the healthcare needs of a growing population, Qatar’s healthcare system is undergoing tremendous transformation and modernization in terms of buildings, equipment, medical procedures, staff recruitment, training and professional development. This transformation, led by the Ministry of Public Health aims to provide high quality healthcare, including wound care of international standards. This is in accordance with Qatar’s National Vision 2030, the framework of Qatar’s future development.
One study that examined the outcomes of IPC8 found that interprofessional team work decreases medical errors, improves patient satisfaction and patient care, and improves the knowledge and skills of professionals. In another study, the authors argue that the growing prevalence of non-healing acute and chronic wounds is a major concern. Additionally, the lack of united services aimed at addressing the complex needs of individuals with wounds is a major challenge.
According to these authors, IPC in education and practice is very important in being able to provide the best patient care, enhance clinical and health-related outcomes and strengthen the healthcare system. These authors show that a review and analysis of 18 years of literature related to managing wounds. According to some researchers, adopting an interprofessional approach in wound management seems logical. However, the literature has failed to clarify terms such as multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary.
Overall, findings from this study were very positive, with often high ratings of patient satisfaction. Though high, variations in favorability ratings emerged, suggesting there are still areas that need improvement, therefore cannot be ignored. The observed findings are comparable with other studies.
Public Health Open J. 2017; 2(2): 46-52. doi: 10.17140/PHOJ-2-120