Jefferson Student Teams Hot-Spot Complex Needs of Super-Users

According to the Pennsylvania Healthcare Cost Containment Council (PHC4), patients admitted to the hospital five or more times over a one-year period account for a large portion of the health care economy in Pennsylvania. In order to address the needs of these complex patients, Thomas Jefferson University’s Center for Interprofessional Education has teamed up with Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers. Together they aim to improve the health of the patients, lower the readmission rates and, in turn, may lower the amount of healthcare expenditures.

Thomas Jefferson University physician and program lead, Dr. Lauren Collins, told John George of the Philadelphia Business Journal, “The idea is to educate these patients to be better navigators of health care services, to be advocates for themselves and to help them with barriers that prevent access to care such as transportation — all to reduce hospitalizations and the over-utilization of service.”

The team at Jefferson comprises medical, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy and occupational therapy students. Collins said, “We want to improve the well-being of these patients who are tremendously underserved…The program also gives us the opportunity to learn much of health care today takes place outside of a clinical setting. We need to train a work force that is prepared for the realities of today.”

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One Response to Jefferson Student Teams Hot-Spot Complex Needs of Super-Users

  1. Keith September 7, 2017 at 12:31 pm #

    This is a great idea an will go a long way in educating the population to understand their healthcare needs. Me being part of IS&T Training I think their should be representation from an educational aspect. It will assist the group in understanding how to best communicate with patients in order to better understand and navigate their health situation.
    It is not always about the clinical aspect, because as said in the article much of the issues occur outside the clinical setting. Better communication and training of staff as well as the community will go a long way in reducing readmits and avoidable hospitalizations. It is the lack of knowledge that creates most of these scenarios.

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