To study the association between sociodemographic, clinical, and geographical characteristics of inpatients and their length of stay in hospital on the one hand and on the other, the perception of doctors, patients and patients'relatives on the management of chronically ill patients at home as an alternative to hospital care.
A cross-sectional survey of long stay patients in general hospitals was conducted during January to June 1993.
A trained research team completed a pre-designed data form and interviewed the treating teams, patients and their relatives.
The data form consisted of sociodemographic data, duration of stay in hospital, clinical, social and psychological characteristics of patients.
Doctors, patients and their relatives'perception and preference regarding management of patients in hospital as against home were investigated.
Geographical location of hospitals and departments involved were also recorded.
There were a total of 1565 patients of which 27.8% were children and 40.5% of adults were elderly.
The majority of patients were male Saudis of low educational level.
The majority (61.1%) of adult patients admitted into medical and psychiatric wards, were bedridden with disturbed behavior and little hope of returning to normal health.
These patients stayed longer than others (p<0.0001).
A high percentage of these patients did not require inpatient care and could have been cared for at home. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Facteur risque, Déterminant, Durée, Hospitalisation, Enfant, Homme, Arabie Saoudite, Asie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Risk factor, Determinant, Duration, Hospitalization, Child, Human, Saudi Arabia, Asia
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0149511
Code Inist : 002B30A04D. Création : 21/05/1997.