From hospital to community

Alison Petch

in Managing transitions

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421883
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302780 | DOI:
From hospital to community

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Various studies conducted in the United Kingdom have revealed a number of consistent themes related to hospital discharge. For example, there are repeated accounts of professionals, service users, and carers all having insufficient information on various aspects of the discharge process. Other issues include poor communication, inadequate assessment and planning, timing of discharge, transport, medication, and delays and inadequacies in the provision of community services. Over the years, there has been a raft of policies seeking to address the transition from hospital to community. The challenges of transition between hospital and community have been epitomised in the spotlight focused on what over time has been variously termed ‘blocked beds’, ‘delayed discharge’, and ‘delayed transfers of care’. This chapter focuses on hospital discharge, a transition that is both one of the most common but also one beset with enduring challenges. It highlights those elements that repeatedly emerge as problematic and suggests steps which can be taken to minimise the disruption for individuals.

Keywords: United Kingdom; hospital discharge; transition; hospital; community; blocked beds; delayed discharge; delayed transfers

Chapter.  7835 words. 

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