Kōrero mai – patient, family and whānau escalation
Patients, families and whānau often recognise subtle signs of patient deterioration even when vital signs are normal. Failures to adequately respond to concerns raised by patients, families and whānau are commonly highlighted in adverse event reports from the Health and Disability Commissioner associated with clinical deterioration.
Communication failure was the most common theme identified in an analysis of clinical deterioration related serious adverse events reported to the Commission.
Processes to support patient, family and whānau escalation of concerns are a critical component of successful recognition and response systems. Read the case for change.
Second Kōrero mai cohort underway
We welcome teams at Capital & Coast, MidCentral, Whanganui and Taranaki district health boards (DHBs) to the second kōrero mai cohort. Between October 2018 and April 2019, we will be working with them and Ko Awatea’s Dr Lynne Maher, to co-design their process for patients, family and whānau to escalate care when they are concerned about acute deterioration.
These DHBs are expected to introduce kōrero mai into their hospital(s) from May 2019.
We’ve set up a kōrero mai working group to provide regular advice and practical input into the structured co-design approach we will be delivering to the second cohort.
Case studies from first kōrero mai cohort
Between July 2017 and June 2018, we worked with Ko Awatea’s Dr Lynne Maher and the four kōrero mai lead sites to co-design patient, family and whānau escalation of care processes.
Southern Cross Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury and Waitemata DHBs have developed case studies about their co-design approach and what worked for their consumers and hospitals. They are doing final testing and preparing to implement kōrero mai processes across their hospital(s). Read the case studies here.
Waitemata Kōrero mai team
Canterbury DHB and Southern Cross Kōrero mai teams
Bay of Plenty DHB Kōrero mai team
The Bay of Plenty DHB team is exploring patient, family and whānau escalation from a Te Ao Māori perspective.