Evaluating The Efficacy Of Transitional Care Program Essay

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Gaps in Knowledge The need for interventions to improve upon transition outcomes in CSHCN is well established (AHRQ, 2014; Bloom et al., 2012; Lotstein et al., 2005; McDonagh, 2005). However, little research has been conducted to determine if transition programs improve patient outcomes, including quality of life, disease specific outcomes, medication compliance, and patient satisfaction (Jameson, 2011; Lyons, Libman, & Sperling, 2013; Okumura et al., 2015; Oswald et al., 2013; Pai & Ostendorf, 2011; Rosen et al., 2003; Sharma et al., 2014). Measuring Outcomes in Transitional Care Despite the numerous recommendations for transitional care programs, the programs have a continued need for evaluation as their effect on patient outcomes is not well established due to their relatively new nature (Celona, 2015; Watson et al., 2011). Several transition specific tools have been developed to aid in evaluating the efficacy of transitional care program (Celona, 2015; Geary & Schumacher, 2014; Shaw et al., 2007; Zhang, Ho, & Kennedy, 2014). Currently, few of the recommended evaluation tools have been used to assess patient outcomes after their transition and those that have been utilized need further testing to prove their efficacy (AHRQ, 2014; Sharma et al., 2014; Shaw et al., 2007). Although there are disease specific evaluation tools for transitional outcomes several tools have been created to measure transition outcomes regardless of disease or developmental level; these tools
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