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Discharge planning: from the acute sector for people over the age of 65

Hegney, Desley, McCarthy, Alexandra, De La Rue, Mary Beth, Fahey, Paul, Gorman, Don, Martin-McDonald, Kristine, Pretty, Grace and Sundin-Huard, Deborah 2002, Discharge planning: from the acute sector for people over the age of 65, Collegian, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 15-21.

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Title Discharge planning: from the acute sector for people over the age of 65
Author(s) Hegney, Desley
McCarthy, Alexandra
De La Rue, Mary Beth
Fahey, Paul
Gorman, Don
Martin-McDonald, Kristine
Pretty, Grace
Sundin-Huard, Deborah
Journal name Collegian
Volume number 9
Issue number 3
Start page 15
End page 21
Publisher Royal College of Nursing, Australia
Place of publication Deakin, A.C.T.
Publication date 2002-07
ISSN 1322-7696
1876-7575
Keyword(s) discharge planning
acute/community interface
older people
health care co-ordination
Summary This paper reports the findings relating to discharge planning from a larger study (Hegney et al 2001) that aimed to investigate options to improve care co-ordination between the aged, community, acute and primary care sectors for the elderly residents of a large provincial town. The data, which were collected from a wide variety of aged care stakeholders in the region, are consistent with previous Australian studies. First, it appears that inappropriate discharge from acute hospitals occurs in Toowoomba because there is a perceived lack of information regarding the available community care options and a lack of suitable models to support people's care needs within their own homes. Second, inappropriate discharge practices from acute hospitals occur due to a lack of knowledge and communication on the part of health professionals employed in these settings with regard to the on- going health care needs of elderly people. Third, there is little discharge planning occurring that includes the general practitioner in post-discharge care. Finally, inappropriate discharge can also be attributed to the lack of sub-acute/step-down/rehabilitation options and long waiting lists for community home care services in the region.
Language eng
Field of Research 111001 Aged Care Nursing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30006612

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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