Journal article

Factors Associated With Discharge Destination in Community-Dwelling Adults Admitted to Acute General Medical Units

Aruska N DSouza, Catherine L Granger, Cameron J Patrick, Jacqueline E Kay, Catherine M Said

JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PHYSICAL THERAPY | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: General medical patients often present to the hospital with medical, social, cognitive, and functional issues that may impact discharge destination. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between patient factors at hospital admission and discharge destination in general medical patients. METHODS: This was a prospective, single-site observational study conducted on the general medical wards at a tertiary hospital. Inpatients admitted to the general medical unit and referred to physical therapy were included. Patients admitted from residential care were excluded. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Data were collected a median of 2 days (interquartile range: 1-3) f..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by The Royal Melbourne Hospital Mary Elizabeth Watson Early Career Fellowship in Allied Health 2016-2018. The sponsors played no role in the design, execution, analysis, interpretation, or writing of this study.