Discharging a patient from hospital can be a complex process. Healthcare providers need to ensure post-discharge care, which often requires co-ordination with the patient, primary carers, families, as well as, multi-disciplinary healthcare services. At the heart of effective planning for post-discharge care, is ensuring that the patient fully understands the transition and how they can improve self-care. Unfortunately, this is not always the case as hospital discharge can be a very confusing time for patients and sometimes results in re-admission within days of their discharge, as well as, a delayed recovery period.
Avoidable re-admissions (often those arising as a result of patients deviating from their care plan) is a common occurrence and has a significant economic impact on the NHS. Length of stay is also generally longer for re-admissions versus the original hospital stay. Deviation from the care plan is primarily down to the patient’s inability to self-manage, a direct outcome of this complex transition.
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