Patient Satisfaction and Efficiency Benefits of a Novel Multidisciplinary Rhinology and Allergy Clinic

Kevin L. Li, Christina H. Fang, Denisa Ferastraoaru, Nadeem A. Akbar, Elina Jerschow, Waleed M. Abuzeid

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Abstract

Background: Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the sinonasal mucosa and with strong associations to other immune-mediated comorbidities. Patients often require referral to both an otolaryngologist and an allergist/immunologist. This study is the first in the literature to describe a multidisciplinary clinic that offers patient care by subspecialists in rhinology and in allergy/immunology. Methods: One hundred twenty-nine patients were seen in the Comprehensive Sinus and Allergy Clinic (CSAC) between January 2016 and June 2017 and 43 selected patients were seen in both the standalone allergy and rhinology clinics over the same time period. Patient satisfaction was retrospectively assessed using a modified Press-Ganey satisfaction survey. Time to evaluation and time to follow up appointment were compared between the CSAC and both the standalone rhinology and allergy/immunology clinics. Results: Patients seen in the CSAC reported high satisfaction with the amount of time spent with the physicians (98.3%), quality of medical care (9.3 ± 1.0), and most importantly, the convenience of seeing two physicians in one day (9.5 ± 1.2). Time from referral placement to clinic evaluation (P ≤.02) and time to follow up appointment (P ≤.002) was significantly shorter for the CSAC than for the standalone Rhinology or Allergy clinics. Conclusion: Patients reported high satisfaction with the medical care provided and were also seen much faster in our multidisciplinary clinic as compared to standalone rhinology or allergy/immunology clinics. Overall, a multidisciplinary approach may be beneficial to patients presenting to tertiary referral centers with CRS and atopic conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020

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Keywords

  • allergy
  • aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease
  • endoscopic sinus surgery
  • patient satisfaction
  • quality assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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