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Title: The Quality of Discharge Care Planning in Acute Stroke Care: Influencing Factors and Association with Postdischarge Outcomes.
Austin Authors: Andrew, Nadine E;Busingye, Doreen;Lannin, Natasha A;Kilkenny, Monique F;Cadilhac, Dominique A
Affiliation: Translational Public Health and Evaluation Division, Stroke & Ageing Research, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
Department of Medicine, Central Clinical School, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
School of Allied Health (Occupational Therapy), College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupational Therapy Department, Alfred Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Stroke Division, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Mar-2018 2017-10-31
Publication information: Journal of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases : the official journal of National Stroke Association 2018; 27(3): 583-590
Abstract: Comprehensive discharge planning is important for successful transitions from hospital to home after stroke. The aim of this study was to describe the quality of discharge planning received by patients discharged home from acute care, identify factors associated with a positive discharge experience, and assess the influence of discharge quality on outcomes. Patients discharged to the community and registered in the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry in 2014 were invited to participate. Patient-perceived discharge quality was evaluated using the Prescriptions, Ready to re-enter community, Education, Placement, Assurance of safety, Realistic expectations, Empowerment, Directed to appropriate services questionnaire (recall at 3-9 months). Factors associated with higher discharge quality scores were identified and associations between quality scores of more than 80% and outcomes were investigated using multivariable, multilevel regression analyses. There were 200 of 434 eligible registrants who responded; responders and nonresponders were similar with respect to age, sex, and type of stroke. The average overall quality score was 73% (standard deviation: 21). However, only 18% received all aspects of discharge care planning. Quality scores of more than 80% were independently associated with receiving hospital specific information (odds ratio: 5.7, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 2.7, 12.4), and referral to a local support group (odds ratio: 2.5, 95% CI: 1.1, 5.9). Discharge quality scores of more than 80% were associated with higher European Quality of Life-5 Dimensions EQ-5D scores (coefficient: .1, 95% CI: .04, .2) and a reduction in the rate of unmet needs reported at 3-9 months postdischarge (incidence rate ratio: .5, 95% CI: .3, .7). We provide new information on the quality of discharge planning from acute care after stroke. Aspects of discharge planning that correlate with quality of care may reduce unmet needs and improve quality of life outcomes.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2017.09.043
ORCID: 0000-0001-8162-682X
Journal: Journal of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases : the official journal of National Stroke Association
PubMed URL: 29097058
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Discharge planning
quality of care
quality of life
Stroke care
Stroke delivery
unmet needs
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