Improving Communication with General Practitioners post ST elevation Myocardial Infarction

JJ Coughlan, Conor Hickie, Barbara Gorna, Ross Murphy
2017 International Journal of Integrated Care  
Coronary artery disease remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide. NICE guidelines recommend all patients post ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) should be discharged on specific classes of medication and with clear information for their general practitioner. Short description of practice change implemented: We delivered a teaching session on discharge communication guidelines post STEMI to junior staff rotating through our unit. Aim and theory of change: To assess and
more » ... o assess and improve the compliance with guidelines on communication with general practitioners through education of our junior staff. Highlights: We show the importance of continuing education of junior staff rotating through specialist services in order to improve communications and continuity of care between primary and tertiary services. Improving this communication may improve our patients long term outcomes, by ensuring they are on the optimum secondary prevention regimen post STEMI. Comments on sustainability: Due to staff turnover, a brief overview (<10 minutes) of guidelines on communication post STEMI would need to be delivered on a 3 monthly basis.
doi:10.5334/ijic.3680 fatcat:ulwvwjystvbt7i2sesbr23qabi