Shift in Emergency Department Provider Attitudes Toward Patients With Sickle Cell Disease.
Patients with sickle cell disease frequently seek care in the emergency department. They have reported experiencing negative attitudes from emergency providers. This study was undertaken to evaluate change in emergency provider attitudes toward patients with sickle cell disease over a 2.5-year time period when several educational efforts were ongoing. The General Perceptions about Sickle Cell Disease Patients Scale was used to measure emergency provider attitudes at 2 emergency departments at baseline, 6 months, and 30 months into the project. Analyses of covariance were used to test for effects of site, time, and provider type, as well as their interactions, on Negative attitudes, Uneasiness With Care, and Positive Attitudes subscale scores, after controlling for years of provider experience. The number of surveys returned at the 3 time points was 216, 182, and 113, respectively. The mean Negative Attitudes subscale scores decreased significantly over time, with significantly higher mean Negative Attitudes subscale scores reported by nurses than by physicians. The mean Uneasiness With Care subscale scores did not differ significantly over time, but the mean score was significantly higher for physicians than for nurses. The mean Positive Attitudes subscale scores significantly improved over time, with physicians tending to have a higher mean Positive Attitudes subscale scores than nurses. During the observation period, there was improvement in attitudes, with a decline in mean Negative Attitudes subscale scores and increase in mean Positive Attitudes subscale scores. Physicians reported better attitudes than nurses.
Freiermuth, CE; Silva, S; Cline, DM; Tanabe, P
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