Objective. To determine if participation in a hospital-based proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapeutic interchange program resulted in differences in patient perceptions related to clinical and humanistic outcomes. Methods. A quasiexperimental repeated-measures study compared patients' perceptions in two groups (111 patients) at hospital admission, discharge, 3-4 days after discharge, and 2-3 weeks after discharge to detect differences across the continuum of care. Patient awareness of the hospital- based interchange also was examined. Clinical and quality-of-life outcomes were measured by using a condition-specific instrument modified for use with patients. Satisfaction and expectations were measured by using extent-of-agreement measures. Group 1 (60 patients) was prescribed omeprazole before admission, switched to lansoprazole during hospitalization, and discharged taking omeprazole. Group 2 (51 patients) was prescribed lansoprazole before admission and continued taking lansoprazole throughout hospitalization and after discharge. Patients who were unable to communicate or who had a substantial change in severity of illness (not attributable to gastrointestinal disorders) during the study were excluded. Results. No significant differences were found between groups 1 and 2 for clinical outcomes, quality of life, extent to which expectations were met, or satisfaction at the four time periods. Nineteen (36%) of 53 surveyed patients in group 1 were not aware that their therapy had been interchanged while in the hospital. Conclusion. Patient-perceived outcomes and expectations of therapy across the continuum of care were not affected by a hospital-based PPI therapeutic interchange program.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pharmacology (medical)