Patient and clinician experiences with the multidisciplinary single-day cochlear implant selection (MSCS) protocol

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Abstract

Purpose: 

This study assessed the MSCS (Multidisciplinary Single-day Cochlear Implant Selection) protocol with a primary focus on sustaining or enhancing patient satisfaction throughout the cochlear implant selection process. 

Materials and methods:

Following the implementation of the new selection protocol, where all selection appointments take place on the same day, we surveyed 37 individuals who underwent the process. Twenty adhered to the standard procedure, while 17 followed the MSCS protocol. We also gathered feedback from seven out of eight involved healthcare providers. This method enabled us to evaluate the protocol's effectiveness in maintaining patient satisfaction and ensuring staff contentment with care delivery within a condensed timeframe. 

Results: 

Patient responses showed slight variations in average scores without statistical significant differences, indicating comparable satisfaction between the MSCS pathway and the standard protocol. The majority of patients preferred the MSCS protocol, with none of the MSCS participants opting for appointments spread over multiple days. Healthcare practitioners of the CI center also displayed similar or increased satisfaction levels with the MSCS protocol. 

Conclusion: 

The adoption of the MSCS in daily clinical care has led to a decrease in patient appointment times without sacrificing patient satisfaction. Additionally, the majority of individuals actively choose the MSCS protocol. Among those who have directly experienced it, there is unanimous preference for the consolidated appointments over spreading them across multiple days. Professionals within the CI team express equal satisfaction with both the new and old protocols, indicating that the reduction in patient time does not diminish overall satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104277
JournalAmerican Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery
Volume45
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2024

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