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, Kris, Pretty, Grace and Sundin-Huard, Deborah (2002) Discharge planning from the acute sector for people over the age of 65. Collegian, 9 3: 15-21.


Author Hegney, Desley
McCarthy, Alexandra
de la Rue, Mary Beth
Fahey, Paul
Gorman, Don
Martin- McDonald, Kris
Pretty, Grace
Sundin-Huard, Deborah
Title Discharge planning from the acute sector for people over the age of 65
Journal name Collegian   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1322-7696
Publication date 2002-07-01
Year available 2002
Volume 9
Issue 3
Start page 15
End page 21
Total pages 7
Place of publication Deakin ACT
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Subject 160508 Health Policy
111709 Health Care Administration
Abstract 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. (author abstract)
Keyword Patient Care Planning
Patient Discharge
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