First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Kathleen SullivanFollow

Mentor/s

Dr. Victoria Osborne, PhD., MSW

Participation Type

Poster

Abstract

Due to a decreased access to healthcare, resources that assist in the recovery process, the ability to take time off work, and the increased stress from financial burdens of hospital bills, low-socioeconomic status (SES) patients are at a higher risk of decline in health outcomes post-hospital transition. Research documents that disparities in recovery coincides with a patient’s economic status. Discharge plans established are consistently unrealistic. Many patients expressed their original discharge goals set them up for failure.

Training and educational materials are needed to address the poorer health outcomes in low-SES patients. Empowerment theory and strengths perspective best inform the trainings by encouraging health care providers assist their patients in feeling supported, which results in a higher chance of positive change. Focusing on a patient’s strengths individualizes their care, resulting in a discharge plan and post hospital transition that is centered on what they can realistically accomplish. Patients feel more involved with their care and no longer intimidated or powerless.

College and Major available

Social Work BA

Course Name and Number, Professor Name

Research Practicum/ Seminar SW-390-A

Location

Digital Commons

Start Day/Time

5-5-2021 1:00 PM

End Day/Time

5-5-2021 4:00 PM

Students' Information

Kathleen Sullivan: Major-Social Work, Minors- Honors, Catholic Studies, Class of 2021

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May 5th, 1:00 PM May 5th, 4:00 PM

Impractical Expectations in Discharge Planning: Empowerment Theory and Strengths Perspective Informed Discharge Trainings Impact on Low Socioeconomic Status Patients’ Recovery

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Due to a decreased access to healthcare, resources that assist in the recovery process, the ability to take time off work, and the increased stress from financial burdens of hospital bills, low-socioeconomic status (SES) patients are at a higher risk of decline in health outcomes post-hospital transition. Research documents that disparities in recovery coincides with a patient’s economic status. Discharge plans established are consistently unrealistic. Many patients expressed their original discharge goals set them up for failure.

Training and educational materials are needed to address the poorer health outcomes in low-SES patients. Empowerment theory and strengths perspective best inform the trainings by encouraging health care providers assist their patients in feeling supported, which results in a higher chance of positive change. Focusing on a patient’s strengths individualizes their care, resulting in a discharge plan and post hospital transition that is centered on what they can realistically accomplish. Patients feel more involved with their care and no longer intimidated or powerless.