UW-Stout has an applied social science major, with a concentration in sociology and anthropology. Sweat is an expert in medical sociology who has conducted prior research on social factors that contribute to health disparities. He has also studied barriers to accessing medical care, an issue that is of particular relevance to ACH.
“Social determinants of health are a top line of inquiry in health care right now,” Nels Paulson said.
In August, Nels Paulson, Margaret Paulson and four others published “Why U.S. Patients Declined Hospital-at-Home during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency: An Exploratory Mixed Methods Study.”
Key findings about why patients refused to participate included not fully understanding the program and domestic issues. Women, for example, “cited an inability to perform domestic roles while receiving care at home as a challenge.”
In April, Sweat, Margaret Paulson and two others published “Staff Successes and Challenges with Telecommunications-Facilitated Patient Care in Hybrid Hospital-at-Home during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
They interviewed health care providers at the Florida and Wisconsin ACH locations to identify themes related to hospital at home and hybrid care from the perspective of the personnel delivering the care. They also identified areas for future research related to staff satisfaction.