In the study, the transition from transitional home health care provided by hospitals to home-visit nursing after discharge was introduced to a course of practical home nursing training in order to investigate its effectiveness and establish an inter-professional education (IPE) model.
We reviewed the learning effects perceived by the students based on their practical home nursing training records, performed content analysis using a qualitative approach, and conducted statistical text analysis of the extracted data using text mining software by means of natural language processing. In addition, using a quantitative approach, we analyzed the results of a questionnaire that the students used to review their training.
By undergoing training in multiple cross-regional medical centers as a part of a collaboration with community healthcare programs, students provided discharge support in coordination with discharge support nurses and other professionals with the same intentions. In addition, through providing home-visit nursing care, they realized that the discharge support that they had originally considered was insufficient, and learned how to care for people in a manner that enables them to live their lives as community residents rather than patients.
Keywords: transitional home health care, IPE (inter-professional education), paradigm shift, practical home nursing training, collaboration with community healthcare