Health care transitions: perceptions from older patients in Rhode Island

Renée R. Shield, Kali Thomas, Rachel Ratchford

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Health care transitions are often dangerous for older patients. Interviews with older adults about their health care moves in Rhode Island (RI) were conducted to develop an Internal Medicine (IM) curriculum designed to provide IM interns with insights about the impact of transitions on patients. This paper describes some ways patients talk about their transitional experiences. Following pilot interviews, 10 nursing home residents were interviewed about their care transitions, conversations with physicians, and advice to doctors beginning their careers. The interviews were analyzed to identify themes. Patients described multiple moves, often did not know what to expect, appreciated help from a family member and desired effective communications with physicians. Learning about patient experiences may help new physicians appreciate the experiences of transitions on patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-22
Number of pages4
JournalRhode Island medical journal (2013)
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • nursing homes
  • patient experiences
  • transitions of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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