Impact of proactive case management by multiple sclerosis specialist nurses on use of unscheduled care and emergency presentation in multiple sclerosis
Leary, A, Quinn, D and Bowen, A (2015). Impact of proactive case management by multiple sclerosis specialist nurses on use of unscheduled care and emergency presentation in multiple sclerosis. International Journal of MS Care. 17 (4), pp. 159-163. https://doi.org/10.7224/1537-2073.2014-011
|Leary, A, Quinn, D and Bowen, A
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© 2015 Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers.Background: Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects approximately 100,000 people in the United Kingdom, with rising emergency admissions to the hospital. The multiple sclerosis specialist nurse plays a pivotal role in managing MS care in the United Kingdom, and there is anecdotal evidence that this role can help avoid emergency presentations and unnecessary hospital admissions. Methods: A retrospective service evaluation took place in one established MS nursing service. The impact of the introduction of proactive nurse-led management and a rapid response service on rates of emergency presentation, hospital admission, and bed use was examined. The primary intervention was the introduction of extra nursing hours (6 hours per week) and the reallocation of some routine administrative duties, which allowed the service to move to a proactive management model aimed at avoiding the need for unplanned care. In addition, a care pathway was implemented in the emergency department for patients with MS who did present. Results: Reduction in utilization was from a mean of 2700 bed-days per year (2002-2006) to a mean of 198 bed-days per year (2007-2013). Conclusions: During a 10-year period, moving from reactive management to proactive management demonstrated an increase in complex specialist nursing interventions and led to a decrease in emergency presentation and bed use at the local acute-care center.
|International Journal of MS Care
|17 (4), pp. 159-163
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
|01 Jan 2015
|Publication process dates
|15 Mar 2018
|01 Dec 2014
|Accepted author manuscript
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