SPEACS 2: Improving Patient Communication and Quality Outcomes in the ICU

This project examined the value of a nurse-generated and nurse-led innovation by testing the impact of a computer-based nurse communication training and materials program (SPEACS-2) on intensive care unit patient care outcomes: nursing care quality (coma-free days, physical restraint use, pain symptom management, pressure ulcers, patient/family satisfaction with communication), clinical outcomes (ventilator-free days, ICU/hospital days discharge disposition) and cost. The interdisciplinary research team included nurses, physicians, speech-language pathologists and biostatisticians co-led by Mary Beth Happ, PhD, RN., a nurse researcher, and Amber Barnato, MD, MPH, a physician and health policy researcher.

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