New York University Medical Center's Cooperative Care Unit: Patient education and family participation during hospitalization - The first ten years

Anthony J. Grieco, Shirley A. Garnett, Kimberly S. Glassman, Patricia L. Valoon, Margaret L. McClure

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Abstract

The New York University Medical Center Cooperative Care (CC) program is a model of a delivery system of acute inpatient hospital care characterized by a live-in family member or friend acting as a "care partner". It has an emphasis on education in order to encourage full patient and family involvement in care during the acute hospitalization, thereby preparing both parties for management at home after discharge. The education-intensive experience of CC provides an alternative to traditional inpatient hospital care with the expected outcome of CC being to increase patient and family knowledge and satisfaction, adherence to the medical regimen, and appropriate self-management. The functioning ability of the patient-care partner team should be improved on discharge, which may result in decreased subsequent utilization of high cost healthcare resources such as rehospitalization. This paper describes the structure of the CC form of inpatient care, the types of patients appropriate for such care, and the experience of its first ten years of operation, with its implications as a replicable model for other institutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-15
Number of pages13
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1990

Keywords

  • Cooperative care
  • Cost-analysis
  • Patient participation
  • Quality of care
  • Self-administration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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