New tool that helps patients manage better after leaving hospital spreads across province

December 07, 2017

​An innovative and proven tool that helps patients manage their care after leaving hospital is being adopted by 27 hospitals across Ontario. The latest initiative under a provincial program that puts evidence-based care into practice faster, the adoption of this tool has the potential to benefit approximately 50,000 patients in the first year alone.

Patient Oriented Discharge Summary (PODS) is a standardized yet adaptable tool that provides patients with a set of clear and easy-to-understand instructions to follow after they are discharged from hospital. PODS aims to improve transitions from hospital, which research has shown may lead to fewer readmissions for patients, better medication adherence, improved health outcomes, and greater confidence among patients in their ability to care for themselves.

PODS was co-developed by patients, caregivers and health care providers at the University Health Network's OpenLab – a design and innovation group dedicated to finding creative health care solutions. PODS creates a discharge summary that uses plain language, large fonts, pictures and images to make the information the summary contains as easy to comprehend as possible. It's available in 15 languages and includes space for patients to take notes.

Proven in eight Toronto-area hospitals, use of PODS is now being expanded across the province with support from ARTIC (Adopting Research to Improve Care), a joint program of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario and Health Quality Ontario. ARTIC is dedicated to accelerating the spread of evidence-based advances in health care throughout the province.

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Pictured: Tai Huynh and Shoshana Hahn-Goldberg co-developed PODS with patients and caregivers at University Health Network’s OpenLab. They are now leading the spread of PODS across 27 hospitals with support from ARTIC.

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