Evaluating the patient journey approach to ensure health care is centred on patients: An action-research study examines a patient journey model to improve patient-centred care and the collaboration needed for the project's success

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In order to become more patient focused, the City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust developed the ‘patient journey’ approach, which was a ‘comprehensive practice development/service improvement’ model.


For an ‘outsider’ (a newly qualified nurse with personal experiences as a patient) to implement a new patient journey in an unrelated hospital trust, to enable an impartial and independent evaluation of the model.


This was an action-research study, with data collected through a variety of sources such as matrix sampling, project team meetings, mapping and semi-structured qualitative interviews.


Participants spoke extremely highly of the care received, while interviews revealed more insightful and sometimes distressing information. A number of changes to service delivery were made as a result, including the introduction of a dedicated telephone line giving patients direct contact with the vascular nurse practitioner.


The most notable attributes of the patient journey approach are: giving patients a ‘voice’; enhancing collaborative multidisciplinary teamwork; shared ownership and decision-making; providing evidence to substantiate change; and achieving results.


The City Hospitals Sunderland patient journey approach is an effective, patient-centred, collaborative service improvement model.

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