Co-design to identify the best method to approach Aboriginal patients who do not wait (DNW) for treatment or discharge against medical advice.
Royal Perth Hospital
Coordinating Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Vicki Patton
Co-Investigators: Ms Francine Eades (pictured above), Ms Denese Griffin (pictured above), Mr Carl Yuile, Dr Alannah Cooper
Aboriginal patients who do not wait (DNW) or discharge against medical advice (DAMA) are at high risk of adverse outcomes due to insufficient medical treatment resulting in a worsening condition or death. Patients who leave the hospital against medical advice are at the very least at high risk of readmission which is usually a more complex situation both medically and emotionally. This researcher will work with the Aboriginal community to co-design an approach and provide a method to approach Aboriginal patients that DNW/DAMA in a culturally sensitive and appropriate way and find out the reason behind their decision.