Delayed discharge of elderly hospital patients : a study of bed-blockers in a health care district in Sweden.
With an ageing population an increased pressure on health care resources will be seen in most countries.
Patients with delayed discharge from short-term hospitals, sometimes called « bed-blockers », are of special interest in Sweden, expecially as liability for payments for these patients has been placed on the municipal authorities by a new reform in 1992.
A retrospective study was made of 428 bed-blockers above the age of 64 years from one health district in Uppsala during the two-year period 1987-1988.
The median age was 81.6 years, and the majority were women.
The patients had a median number of diagnoses of 4.1. Additional medical events/symptoms were noted in half of the patients after they had been classified as medically ready for discharge.
Mots-clés Pascal : Sortie hôpital, Retard, Vieillard, Planification, Besoin, Autonomie, Activité, Vie quotidienne, Système santé, Suède, Homme, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Hospital discharge, Delay, Elderly, Planning, Need, Autonomy, Activity, Daily living, Health system, Sweden, Human, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0063557
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 199406.