The purpose of the monitoring is to gain deeper insight into the quality of processes and outcomes of the employed Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs). In a mixed-methods approach, qualitative and quantitative methods are combined to scientifically collect and analyse relevant information and to relate them to each other, depending on the research question.
The monitoring aims to empirically investigate questions related to process and outcome quality as well as the expectations of all involved parties.
The ultimate objective is to identify areas for future development of the new healthcare model based on the findings of the monitoring process.
The project is a two-arm, non-randomized, multicentre intervention study in the field of healthcare research, using secondary data.
The hypothesis of the research project is that the intervention (use of APNs in general practices (GPs)) leads to optimized healthcare while relieving GPs. It is assumed that emergency contacts and home visits will be reduced and total treatment costs for the healthcare system decreased. In addition, we expect that intensified collaboration between APNs, patients, and physicians will improve the overall satisfaction of all parties involved.
Data collection from approximately 1,180 participating patients is conducted both quantitatively and qualitatively. It includes data on the patients' health status and health history, as well as their satisfaction with the new healthcare model. Data is also collected from physicians, medical assistants, and APNs.
The independent Institute of Medical Biometry, Epidemiology and Informatics (IMBEI) of the University Medical Centre of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz will carry out the evaluation of the FAMOUS project.