Hospital patients are often placed under isolation precautions to prevent the spread of both suspected and confirmed cases of infectious diseases. These patients experience a variety of negative adverse effects while in isolation. Literature demonstrates that isolated patients experience negative psychological effects such as feelings of loneliness and stigmatization, lower patient satisfaction and higher rates of depression and anxiety. In addition, isolated patients have been found to be more likely to experience adverse events such as supportive care failures.
These findings may be attributed to the fact that health care providers visit patients in isolation less often and for less amounts of time than those on standard precautions. To respond to this problem, we are conducting a multi-site retrospective cohort study examining the impact of isolation precautions on patient outcomes (e.g. 30-day readmission rate) and cost of care. It is our intention to use our findings coupled with existing literature on adverse effects to guide the creation of intervention(s) to improve the quality of care and experience of patients on isolation precautions.
OpenLab project members:
Kim Tran (project lead)
Dr. Chaim Bell, George Tomlinson, Nathan Stall