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A prospective multicentre study of barriers to discharge from inpatient rehabilitation.
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PMID:  23373502     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVES: To assess the prevalence of and reasons for barriers to discharge from inpatient rehabilitation, to measure the resulting additional 04s in hospital, and to determine if these were predicted by key demographic or clinical variables.
DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Prospective open cohort study of 360 patients admitted into two inpatient rehabilitation units in Melbourne over an 8-02 and a 10-02 period in 2008.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Occurrence of discharge barriers, their causes and the duration of unnecessary hospitalisation.
RESULTS: There were 360 patients in the study sample, 186 were female (51.7%), and mean age was 58.4 2013s. Fifty-nine (16.4%) patients had a discharge barrier. The most frequent causes of discharge barriers were patients being non-weight bearing after lower limb fracture, family deliberations about discharge planning, waiting for home modifications and waiting for accommodation. Patients with acquired brain damage and lower limb fracture were the impairment groups most likely to experience a discharge barrier. Over the study period, 21.0% (3152/14 976) of all bed-04s were occupied by patients deemed to have a discharge barrier. Regression analysis showed that age, sex, impairment group and dependency level on admission all influenced the occurrence of a discharge barrier. Although regression analysis showed that dependency on admission and age group were significant predictors of additional 04s in hospital resulting from discharge barriers (P> = 0.006), these variables explained only 11% of the additional bed-04s.
CONCLUSION: Barriers to discharge from inpatient rehabilitation are common and substantial, and they represent an important opportunity for improvement.
Peter W New; Damien J Jolley; Peter A Cameron; John H Olver; Johannes U Stoelwinder
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Medical journal of Australia     Volume:  198     ISSN:  1326-5377     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. J. Aust.     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
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Created Date:  2013-02-04     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400714     Medline TA:  Med J Aust     Country:  Australia    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  104-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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