Below is a summary of the funded projects. An update will be presented at the next BADS Annual Conference.
Patient and staff experience of emergency ambulatory care on the Surgical Assessment Unit.
Award holder: Lisa Massey
This research aims to better understand the benefits and difficulties patients face with emergency ambulatory care including why some people may react differently to it than others. It also aims to explore some of the opinions and attitudes staff have towards emergency ambulatory care and what barriers there would be to expanding this method of care.
Development of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROM) in Inguinal Hernia Repair
Award holder: Helen Mohan
Inguinal hernia repair is an important day case operation. Complications such as urinary retention and pain can cause significant distress to patients and impact on the ability to provide a day case service. Data on the incidence of these complications is inconsistent in the literature and the impact on patient reported outcomes is not currently well described. Indeed, there is currently no standardised accepted tool for measurement of Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROM) in Inguinal Hernia Repair.
Question I: Retention of Urine After Inguinal Hernia Repair
To establish the incidence and identify modifiable risk factors to reduce urinary retention after inguinal hernia repair.
Question II: Development of Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM) in Inguinal Hernia Repair
To develop and validate a PROM for Inguinal Hernia Repair.
Establishing the feasibility and acceptability of text messaging in a day-case setting.
Award Holder: Ruth Burgess
This project aims to improve perioperative communication. Patients have identified text messaging with the inclusion of online links to further information as a possible method for improving preoperative communication and the need for improved access to relevant post-operative information. Text messaging may reduce cancellations and increase adherence to instructions. This grant is to be used to support a pilot questionnaire study to investigate the use of text messaging, with the aim of improving perioperative communication.