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

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posted on 2002-07-01, 00:00 authored by D Hegney, A McCarthy, M De La Rue, P Fahey, D Gorman, Kris Martin-McDonald, G Pretty, D Sundin-Huard
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.

History

Journal

Collegian

Volume

9

Issue

3

Pagination

15 - 21

Publisher

Royal College of Nursing, Australia

Location

Deakin, A.C.T.

ISSN

1322-7696

eISSN

1876-7575

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

RMIT

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