Standardizing quality of virtual urgent care: Utilizing standardized patients in unique experiential onboarding [Meeting Abstract]
Intro/Background: Virtual Urgent Care (VUC) is now a common modality for providing real-time assessment and treatment of common low acuity medical problems. However, most physicians have not had formal telemedicine training or clinical experience and therefore lack proficiency with this new modality of healthcare delivery. We created an experiential onboarding program deploying standardized patients (SPs) into a VUC platform to assess and deliver feedback to physicians, providing individual-level quality assurance and identifying program-level areas for improvement. Purpose/Objective: The objective of this program was to create an experiential training module for physicians as part of their VUC onboarding process with the goal of quality assurance and patient safety. The onboarding experience incorporated common standards for doctor-patient communication as well as the unique skills necessary for the practice of telemedicine. The encounters were unobserved by other faculty, providing participants with a safe and confidential environment to receive feedback on their communication and telemedicine skills.
Method(s): We simulated a synchronous urgent care evaluation of a 25-year-old man with lingering viral upper respiratory tract symptoms refractory to over-thecounter medications. SP training included strongly requesting an antibiotic prescription. A mock electronic medical record encounter provided physicians with demographic and prior medical history. The announced SP appointment occurred during a routine VUC shift. Our behaviorally-anchored assessment tool evaluated communication, case-specific, and telemedicine-specific skills. Response options comprised 'not done,' 'partly done,' and 'well done.' Outcomes (if available): Twenty-one physicians provided appropriate management without prescribing antibiotics. Physicians performed 'well done' in Information Gathering (93%) and Relationship Development (99%) domains. In contrast, Education and Counseling skills were less strong (32% 'well done'); few received 'well done' for checking understanding (14%); conveying and summarizing information (9%). Telemedicine skills were infrequently used: 19% performed virtual physical exam, 24% utilized audio/video interface to augment information gathering, 14% assessed sound, video or ensured backup plan should video fail.
Summary: This experiential virtual urgent care onboarding program utilizing standardized patient announced encounters uncovers several areas for improvement within telemedicine-specific and patient education domains. Participating VUC physicians had 2 to 23 years of clinical experience. Results illustrate that irrespective of experience, telemedicine visits create a unique set of challenges to the traditional way physicians are taught to engage with their patients. Overall, the onboarding exercise was well received by participating physicians. At the conclusion of the visit, SPs provided immediate verbal feedback to urgent care physicians, who received a summary report and had an opportunity provide structured feedback regarding the case. A subset of urgent care physicians (n=9) provided feedback regarding the case; 100% 'somewhat or strongly agreed' that the encounter improved their confidence communicating via the video interface and helped improve telehealth skills. Our innovative onboarding program utilizing highly trained standardized patients can uncover potential gaps in telemedicinespecific skills and form the basis for dedicated training for virtual urgent care physicians to assure quality and patient safety
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