Identifying patient-centered quality indicators for the care of adult home parenteral nutrition (HPN) patients

JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2014 Sep;38(7):840-6. doi: 10.1177/0148607113495891. Epub 2013 Jul 26.


Background: Previous qualitative research, aimed at eliciting the experiences and views of home parenteral nutrition (HPN) patients in daily life, revealed little information on HPN care. However, to perform patient-centered care, it is important to understand what "quality of care" means for adult HPN patients. Therefore, the aim of this study was to identify quality indicators through patients' perspectives.

Materials and methods: In-depth, face-to-face, semistructured interviews were conducted between June and November 2011 with adult patients who recently started HPN. Patients were selected by purposive sampling. Interviews were audio recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed using a framework approach. Nvivo 9.0 software was used for managing transcripts.

Results: Twelve adult patients (7F/5M) were interviewed. At the time of the interview, median HPN experience was 59 days. Two structure, 31 process, and 9 outcome indicators were identified. The majority of process indicators are related to the home nurse, indicating the important role of these healthcare professionals in HPN care. In addition, all interviewees reported communication as an essential aspect of the complex care pathway. The identified outcome indicators are comparable with the indicators that were previously developed by an expert panel. For example, improvement in quality of life during HPN treatment and incidence of catheter-related infections were identified by both groups.

Conclusion: Interviews with HPN patients revealed an interesting set of indicators that can be used to perform, evaluate, or improve current HPN care and are a starting point for a more patient-centered approach.

Keywords: long-term care; nutrition; nutrition support practice; outcomes research; parenteral nutrition; quality.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Catheter-Related Infections / epidemiology
  • Communication
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Nurses / standards
  • Parenteral Nutrition, Home / nursing
  • Parenteral Nutrition, Home / standards*
  • Patient-Centered Care*
  • Quality Indicators, Health Care*
  • Quality of Life