A Call to Bridge Across Silos during Care Transitions

Fatima Sheikh, Evelyn Gathecha, Michele Bellantoni, Colleen Christmas, Justin P. Lafreniere, Alicia I. Arbaje

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Background: Older adults with complex medical conditions are vulnerable during care transitions. Poor care transitions can lead to poor patient outcomes and frequent readmissions to the hospital. Factors Contributing to Suboptimal Care Transitions: Key factors related to ineffective care transitions, which can lead to suboptimal patient outcomes, include poor cross-site communication and collaboration; lack of awareness of patient wishes, abilities, and goals of care; and incomplete medication reconciliation. Fundamental elements for effective care transitions put forth by The Joint Commission for effective care transitions include interdisciplinary coordination and collaboration of patient care in care transitions, shared accountability by all clinicians involved in care transitions, and provision of appropriate support and follow-up after discharge. Review of Four Existing Models of Care Transitions: Consideration of four existing care transitions models representing different health care settings—Care Transitions Intervention® Guided Care, Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers (INTERACT®), Home Health Model of Care Transitions—revealed that they are important but limited in their impact on transitions across health care settings. Proposal of the Integrated Care Transitions Approach: An innovative approach, Integrated Care Transitions Approach (ICTA), is proposed that incorporates the best practices of the four models discussed in this article and factors identified as essential for an effective care transition while addressing limitations of existing transitional care models. ICTA's four key characteristics and seven key elements are unique and stem from factors that help achieve effective care transitions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-278
Number of pages9
JournalJoint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management


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