From hospital to home following a lower limb amputation: A focus group study of healthcare professionals’ views and experiences with transitioning

Sarah Køberl, Katja Schrøder, Dorte Dall-Hansen, Charlotte Abrahamsen

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Abstract

Introduction: Patients undergoing major lower limb amputation often have multiple comorbidities, requiring care from numerous healthcare professionals (HCPs). Furthermore, they may experience physical, medical and practical challenges post-amputation. Patients with complex needs are particularly vulnerable during care transitions and may benefit from integrated care models. Aim: This study aimed to explore HCPs’ views and experiences regarding the transition process after implementing an integrated care model for patients with lower limb amputation. Methods: We conducted two focus groups with 13 HCPs from a Danish hospital and three surrounding districts; all working in the Safe Journey programme. The interviews were analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Three themes were created: 1) becoming a team across sectors, 2) continuity of care as a driver for patient safety and 3) challenges in achieving safe transitions. The Safe Journey programme facilitated the construction of an interdisciplinary team, cross-sectoral communication and professional relations, increasing HCPs’ sense of improved patient safety and care continuity. However, HCPs experienced an increased workload, including coordination and at-home patient visits. Conclusions: HCPs found the Safe Journey programme to be valuable for patients undergoing major lower limb amputation and promotive of cross-sectoral professional relations, communication, continuity and patient safety. However, the programme was time- and resource-consuming compared to conventional models.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101003
JournalInternational Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing
Volume49
Number of pages6
ISSN1878-1241
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2023

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