A qualitative study on professionals' attitudes and views towards the introduction of patient reported measures into public maternity care pathway

An Chen, Kirsi Väyrynen, Riikka Leena Leskelä, Seppo Heinonen, Paul Lillrank, Aydin Tekay, Paulus Torkki

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The importance and potential benefits of introducing patient reported measures (PRMs) into health care service have been widely acknowledged, yet the experience regarding their implementation into practice is limited. There is a considerable paucity of research in adopting PRMs in maternity care routine. This study, which utilizes the PRMs included in Pregnancy and Childbirth (PCB) outcome set developed by International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) as sample measures, aims to elicit Finnish professionals' views on PRMs and to explore the applicability of PRMs in Finnish public maternity care. METHODS: This qualitative study, applying semi-structured interviews, described the local professionals' views towards the application of PRMs in Finnish public maternity care. Professionals were asked to assess the PRMs defined in ICHOM PCB set and provide their expectations and concerns on the implementation of PRMs in Finnish public maternity service. RESULTS: Twenty professionals participated in the interviews. Participants agreed on the importance and relevance of the PRMs questions included in ICHOM PCB set for delivering and developing maternity care in Finland. However, they criticized the number and length of questions as well as the recommended time points of data collection. In addition, for a successful implementation, various steps like developing suitable questions, redesigning service pathway and protocols, and motivating women to respond to PRMs questions were considered to be important. Also, some potential obstacles, difficulties and risks associated with the implementation were underlined. CONCLUSION: This study indicates that the implementation of PRMs into Finnish public maternity service is possible, highly relevant and important. However, the adoption of PRMs into routine practice may be challenging and will require a series of efforts. This study shows viewpoints from Finnish professionals who have not participated in developing the ICHOM PCB standard set and provides important insights on the development and implementation of PRMs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number645
Number of pages15
JournalBMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Childbirth
  • Health outcomes
  • Implementation
  • Maternity care
  • Patient-reported experience measures (PREMs)
  • Patient-reported measures (PRMs)
  • Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs)
  • Pregnancy
  • Qualitative research

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