Exploring the definition of ‘discharge-readiness’ from sub-acute care from all stakeholders’ perspectives

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Introduction/Rationale: Currently in Australia the public health system is experiencing increased demand for beds. As a result, there is more pressure to reduce length of stay. Current discharge planning processes are heavily reliant on clinical reasoning and are predominantly clinician-led. There is currently little understanding of what makes a patient ready for discharge from sub-acute care from the perspectives of the patient, families and carers, clinicians and hospital executives.

Objectives: To explore the definition of discharge-readiness from sub-acute care from the perspectives of all stakeholders.

Method: This qualitative descriptive study collected data using both focus groups and semi-structured interviews. Nine focus groups were conducted, three with each target population: patients, family and carers, and clinicians. Each focus group sought discussions among 5-10 participants. In addition, ten individual semi-structured interviews were conducted with senior hospital executives.

Practice Implications: Thematic coding is currently underway; results will provide a comprehensive understanding of discharge-readiness from sub-acute care from the perspectives of all stakeholders. Findings will highlight both differences and common themes to clarify the conceptualisation of discharge-readiness across a range of stakeholder groups.

Conclusion: This study will address a gap in the current literature by illuminating understandings of discharge-readiness from multiple perspectives. This will allow for more streamlined discharge planning processes which may reduce length of hospital stays and prevent expensive hospital re-admissions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53
Number of pages1
JournalAustralian Occupational Therapy Journal
Issue numberS2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017
EventOccupational Therapy Australia National Conference and Exhibition 2017: Partnership, Inclusion and Innovation - Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth, Australia
Duration: 19 Jul 201721 Jul 2017
Conference number: 27th

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