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Discharge planning from hospital

Overview of attention for article published in Cochrane database of systematic reviews, January 2016
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57 tweeters
4 Facebook pages
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Discharge planning from hospital
Published in
Cochrane database of systematic reviews, January 2016
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd000313.pub5
Pubmed ID

Daniela C. Gonçalves-Bradley, Natasha A Lannin, Lindy M Clemson, Ian D Cameron, Sasha Shepperd


Discharge planning is a routine feature of health systems in many countries. The aim of discharge planning is to reduce hospital length of stay and unplanned readmission to hospital, and to improve the co-ordination of services following discharge from hospital.This is the third update of the original review. To assess the effectiveness of planning the discharge of individual patients moving from hospital. We updated the review using the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (2015, Issue 9), MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, the Social Science Citation Index (last searched in October 2015), and the US National Institutes of Health trial register (ClinicalTrials.gov). Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that compared an individualised discharge plan with routine discharge care that was not tailored to individual participants. Participants were hospital inpatients. Two authors independently undertook data analysis and quality assessment using a pre-designed data extraction sheet. We grouped studies according to patient groups (elderly medical patients, patients recovering from surgery, and those with a mix of conditions) and by outcome. We performed our statistical analysis according to the intention-to-treat principle, calculating risk ratios (RRs) for dichotomous outcomes and mean differences (MDs) for continuous data using fixed-effect meta-analysis. When combining outcome data was not possible because of differences in the reporting of outcomes, we summarised the reported data in the text. We included 30 trials (11,964 participants), including six identified in this update. Twenty-one trials recruited older participants with a medical condition, five recruited participants with a mix of medical and surgical conditions, one recruited participants from a psychiatric hospital, one from both a psychiatric hospital and from a general hospital, and two trials recruited participants admitted to hospital following a fall. Hospital length of stay and readmissions to hospital were reduced for participants admitted to hospital with a medical diagnosis and who were allocated to discharge planning (length of stay MD - 0.73, 95% CI - 1.33 to - 0.12, 12 trials, moderate certainty evidence; readmission rates RR 0.87, 95% CI 0.79 to 0.97, 15 trials, moderate certainty evidence). It is uncertain whether discharge planning reduces readmission rates for patients admitted to hospital following a fall (RR 1.36, 95% CI 0.46 to 4.01, 2 trials, very low certainty evidence). For elderly patients with a medical condition, there was little or no difference between groups for mortality (RR 0.99, 95% CI 0.79 to 1.24, moderate certainty). There was also little evidence regarding mortality for participants recovering from surgery or who had a mix of medical and surgical conditions. Discharge planning may lead to increased satisfaction for patients and healthcare professionals (low certainty evidence, six trials). It is uncertain whether there is any difference in the cost of care when discharge planning is implemented with patients who have a medical condition (very low certainty evidence, five trials). A discharge plan tailored to the individual patient probably brings about a small reduction in hospital length of stay and reduces the risk of readmission to hospital at three months follow-up for older people with a medical condition. Discharge planning may lead to increased satisfaction with healthcare for patients and professionals. There is little evidence that discharge planning reduces costs to the health service.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 5 <1%
United States 3 <1%
Canada 3 <1%
Italy 2 <1%
Colombia 1 <1%
Unknown 723 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 149 20%
Student > Bachelor 85 12%
Researcher 79 11%
Student > Ph. D. Student 78 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 53 7%
Other 153 21%
Unknown 140 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 210 28%
Nursing and Health Professions 208 28%
Social Sciences 45 6%
Psychology 28 4%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 20 3%
Other 65 9%
Unknown 161 22%

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