Monday, March 24, 2014

Early discharge planning and outcomes

Here's an interesting systematic review finding that while early discharge planning didn't affect outcomes of the index (current) admission it did extend the readmission interval and reduced the LOS of the readmission. From the paper:

The findings suggest that by implementing early discharge planning focused on functional needs’ assessment for discharge home, patient and caregiver education and follow-up, medication review and information transmittal, clinicians may anticipate reductions in older adults’ hospital readmissions by 22% and readmission lengths of hospital stay by almost two and a half days, compared with usual care.

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