National Institute of Nursing Research and MedlinePlus Team Up to Offer a Palliative Care Text Campaign (QI632)

Title

National Institute of Nursing Research and MedlinePlus Team Up to Offer a Palliative Care Text Campaign (QI632)

Creator

Burroughs A; Lemon A; Coppess S; Miller J

Publisher

Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

Date

2020

Subject

adult; child; conference abstract; e-mail; human; mental health; national health organization; nursing research; palliative therapy; pediatric patient; transcription initiation; videorecording; wellbeing

Description

Objectives: * Apply the principles of plain language to deliver easy-to-understand, evidence-based palliative care information to those with serious illnesses and their families. * Utilize common forms of telecommunications (text messaging and email) to reach English- and Spanish-speaking patients. Background Research has shown that patients who receive palliative care report improvement in pain, nausea, and shortness of breath; communication with their healthcare providers and family members; and emotional support. Aim Statement To increase awareness of palliative care and its benefits for those living with serious illnesses and their families. Methods From February 2018 to February 2019, the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and the National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus® ran a text message campaign about palliative care. Messages included information for adult and pediatric patients and their families. The campaign also ran in Spanish from February to August 2018. Subscribers received one text message per week. About a month into the campaign, a weekly e-mail option was added. Results 3,143 subscribers signed up for the English text messages, and 944 signed up for the Spanish campaign. An additional 8,004 subscribers signed up for English e-mails, and 9,252 subscribers signed up for Spanish e-mails. The 56 links shared generated 16,039 clicks to NINR and MedlinePlus® content. The average engagement rate of a message was 1%, or only 1% of subscribers clicked the link of any message. The most popular messages were about mental health/emotional wellbeing and new research. Conclusions and Implications A successful campaign is determined by the number of people reached, increased visitors to linked content, attrition, and engagement. The growth was steady and the campaign was successful in gaining new subscribers. Attrition was low; fewer than 10 people unsubscribed. Overall, this campaign was successful in reach, but engagement was low. Implications for practice A future campaign should: a.Include an e-mail option from the beginning to reach a wider audience. b.Focus on engaging content. Create action-based content that elicits a response from subscribers. c.Link only to mobile-friendly pages, not PDFs and videos, since many subscribers are accessing content from mobile devices.

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Citation List Month

March 2020 List

Collection

Citation

Burroughs A; Lemon A; Coppess S; Miller J, “National Institute of Nursing Research and MedlinePlus Team Up to Offer a Palliative Care Text Campaign (QI632),” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 25, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/16990.

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