Survey on Handling Telephone Consultations at a Kampo Outpatient Clinic in Japan - Difficult Consultations and Their Handling by Outpatient Nurses
American Journal of Nursing Science
Volume 9, Issue 4, August 2020, Pages: 209-215
Received: May 4, 2020; Accepted: May 28, 2020; Published: Jun. 4, 2020
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Jun Koike, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Sports and Health Science, Daito Bunka University, Saitama, Japan
Takao Namiki, Department of Japanese Oriental (Kampo) Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan
Hisashi Fujita, Department of Nursing, Niigata College of Nursing, Niigata, Japan
Yoshiro Hirasaki, Department of Japanese Oriental (Kampo) Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan
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Aim: In order to clarify how nurses respond to telephone consultations in a Kampo medicine outpatient clinic, a fact-finding survey was conducted on the difficulties involved in handling telephone calls. Methods: The subjects were two outpatient nurses. The contents of consultations that the nurse could not handle alone were extracted from the descriptive data of the telephone calls that each nurse was not able to handle and categorized. Guidelines developed in conjunction with physicians were introduced to clarify and address the causes of the difficulty. One year later, we again administered the telephone response survey so as to compare the results with those of the first survey. Results: Telephone consultations that were difficult for nurses to handle were classified into four categories: 1) consultations about physical disorders, 2) questions about prescribed Kampo medicines, 3) reports and questions based on the patient's own judgment, and 4) questions about treatment and hospitalization. The questions about Kampo medicines related to their "continued administration" and "mix-ups of drugs," and the questions based on patients’ self-judgments related to the "reduction of" or "change in" Kampo medicines. One year later, the number of such cases declined to less than half, and no telephone consultations were made within one week after the first visit. Conclusion: As a result of the creation and introduction of guidelines in consultation with physicians, outpatient nurses are now able to answer questions and receive fewer phone calls after patients’ first visits.
Fact-finding Surveys, Kampo Medicine Outpatient Clinic, Nurses, Telephone Consultations
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Jun Koike, Takao Namiki, Hisashi Fujita, Yoshiro Hirasaki, Survey on Handling Telephone Consultations at a Kampo Outpatient Clinic in Japan - Difficult Consultations and Their Handling by Outpatient Nurses, American Journal of Nursing Science. Vol. 9, No. 4, 2020, pp. 209-215. doi: 10.11648/j.ajns.20200904.16
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