Objective: The objective of this study was to assess the impact of the implementation of the relationship-based care (RBC) model on patient satisfaction, length of stay, and readmission rates in hospitalized patients.
Background: RBC model promotes organizational viability in critical areas that measure success, inclusive of clinical quality, patient satisfaction, and robust financial standing.
Methods: A retrospective secondary analysis of aggregate patient satisfaction data, length of stay, and readmission rates at a rural Texas hospital was reviewed for the years 2009 and 2010. This study compared preimplementation data for year 2009 with postimplementation data for year 2010.
Results: Data support the positive influential impact of RBC model. A negative correlation was noted with readmission rates and a concomitant positive correlation with length of stay. Overall satisfaction with nursing did not reveal a significant correlation to the new care model.
Conclusions: RBC model supports a patient-centered, collaborative care environment, maximizing potential reimbursement.
Author Affiliation: Chief Nursing Officer, Moore County Hospital District, Dumas, Texas.
The author declares no conflict of interest.
Correspondence: Dr Cropley, Moore County Hospital District, 224 E 2nd St, Dumas, TX 79029 ( firstname.lastname@example.org).