Improving Satisfaction with Care and Reducing Length of Stay in an Obstetric Triage Unit Using a Nurse-Midwife-Managed Model of Care
Article first published online: 13 MAR 2013
© 2013 by the American College of Nurse-Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 58, Issue 2, pages 175–181, March/April 2013
How to Cite
Paul, J., Jordan, R., Duty, S. and Engstrom, J. L. (2013), Improving Satisfaction with Care and Reducing Length of Stay in an Obstetric Triage Unit Using a Nurse-Midwife-Managed Model of Care. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 58: 175–181. doi: 10.1111/j.1542-2011.2012.00239.x
- Issue published online: 17 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 13 MAR 2013
- certified nurse-midwife;
- collaboration and midwifery presence;
- length of stay;
- obstetric triage;
- patient satisfaction
A quality improvement project was initiated at a tertiary-care center in a suburban area of the northeastern United States to determine whether length of stay and patient satisfaction in an obstetric triage unit could be improved by using a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) to manage and organize care in the triage unit.
Patient satisfaction was measured using a previously validated instrument that consisted of 6 items using a 6-point Likert-type scale. The items measured patient satisfaction with: wait time for provider, information given, amount of time spent with provider, length of visit, overall care received, and overall triage experience. Patient satisfaction was measured before (n = 37) and after implementing CNM-managed care (n = 66) in an obstetrical triage unit. Length of stay in the triage unit was measured during standard care (n = 121) and after the implementation of CNM-managed care (n = 151) by recording the number of minutes women spent in the triage unit.
Participants in the CNM-managed care group reported increased patient satisfaction with care in 5 of the 6 aspects of satisfaction that were measured, including wait time for provider (P = .01), time spent with provider (P = .01), length of visit (P = .04), overall care received (P = .04), and overall triage experience (P = .01). The length of stay was significantly shorter for the women in the CNM-managed group (mean = 94.7 minutes; standard deviation [SD] 50.1) than for the women in the standard care model (mean = 122 minutes; SD = 66.8; P < .01).
The findings from this project suggest that a CNM-managed obstetric triage unit can improve satisfaction with care during the triage experience and reduce length of stay in the triage unit.