To compare effectiveness and acceptability of early discharge to a hospital at home scheme with that of routine discharge from acute hospital.
Pragmatic randomised controlled trial.
Acute hospital wards and community in north of Bristol, with a catchment population of about 224 000 people.
241 hospitalised but medically stable elderly patients who fulfilled criteria for early discharge to hospital at home scheme and who consented to participate.
Patients'received hospital at home care or routine hospital care.
Patients'quality of life, satisfaction, and physical functioning assessed at 4 weeks and 3 months after randomisation to treatment ; length of stay in hospital and in hospital at home scheme after randomisation ; mortality at 3 months.
There were no significant differences in patient mortality, quality of life, and physical functioning between the two arms of the trial at 4 weeks or 3 months.
Only one of 11 measures of patient satisfaction was significantly different : hospital at home patients perceived higher levels of involvement in decisions.
Length of stay for those receiving routine hospital care was 62% (95% confidence interval 51% to 75%) of length of stay in hospital at home scheme.
The early discharge hospital at home scheme was similar to routine hospital discharge in terms of effectiveness and acceptability. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Soin intégré, A domicile, Randomisation, Soin intensif, Hôpital, Etude comparative, Facteur efficacité, Acceptabilité sociale, Vieillard, Homme, Critère décision, Angleterre, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe, Organisation santé
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Managed care, At home, Randomization, Intensive care, Hospital, Comparative study, Effectiveness factor, Social acceptability, Elderly, Human, Decision criterion, England, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe, Public health organization
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0302093
Code Inist : 002B30A04D. Création : 27/11/1998.