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RAPP - Recovery Assessment by Phone Points

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In progress

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At home after discharge from day surgery many patients feel insecure, worried, and lonely due to a lack of feedback and information about normality and relevant expectations for the recovery process. Patients may also feel dependent on primary care; however, this care is often considered vague regarding accessibility and structure. Symptoms that required unplanned health care contacts, phone calls, or outpatient clinic visits are also frequent during the first two weeks. Until today there are no systematic assessments of patients’ postoperative recovery.

This project Recovery Assessment by Phone Points (RAPP) aims to facilitate the assessment of postoperative recovery and the compilation of related data by developing and evaluating digital solution with the intention of improving patient safety, self-care, as well as the equality and quality of intra- and postoperative care through remote symptom monitoring. An app will be installed on the patients’ own smartphone, and postoperative recovery will be measured using the Swedish version of the Quality of Recovery (SwQoR) tool. The patient will be asked daily if he/she wants to be contacted by a nurse. A response of YES will result in a call from a nurse at the day-surgery department, for further information and assistance.

By reviewing patients’ postoperative recovery data, healthcare professionals will be able to evaluate and compare the effectiveness and costs of different care and treatment modalities. RAPP can be used to investigate differences in postoperative recovery and to guide improvements in treatment and care.

To solve this IT solution, RAPP, An interdisciplinary research team including researchers from health care, informatics and health economy has been established as well as one IT company involved in the development of the RAPP.

Research teams

Research funding bodies

  • Bio-X
  • The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE)
  • Nethouse
  • Swedish Research Council
  • Örebro University