A nursing assessment of the health status of older people after discharge from hospital

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A nursing assessment of the health status of older people after discharge from hospital


Author: Leung, Mui-ying Rita
Title: A nursing assessment of the health status of older people after discharge from hospital
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1999
Subject: Older people -- Medical care -- China -- Hong Kong
Community health nursing -- China -- Hong Kong
Primary health care -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Nursing and Health Sciences
Pages: vi, 77, [33] leaves ; 30 cm
Language: English
OneSearch: https://www.lib.polyu.edu.hk/bib/b1484308
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/1786
Abstract: The problem of discharging older patients successfully into the community is a great concern of health care professionals and the government. Thirty four older patients who had been discharged home were followed up between the period of July 1998 and January 1999 to learn about their post-hospital needs. Carers of the subjects were also recruited to assess their level of stress in caring for, and the support they provided to, the older people. Sixteen subjects were readmitted through the emergency department within three months of discharge. Among the sixteen subjects, five of them died in the hospital. As a result of the findings of the assessment, tentative risk scores for readmission to hospital (or death) were calculated. Total risk scores of individual subjects identified those who were at risk of early readmission. These scores are suggestions only at this stage and are yet to be tested for validity and reliability. Although statistical significance could not shown in this study, the study findings have implications for the development of an organized discharge plan for this group of elderly people. There should be awareness by health care professionals of the health needs of their older patients.

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