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Managing transitionsSupport for individuals at key points of change$
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Alison Petch

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421883

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421883.001.0001

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From hospital to community

From hospital to community

(p.137) Nine From hospital to community
Managing transitions

Alison Petch

Policy Press

Various studies conducted in the United Kingdom have revealed a number of consistent themes related to hospital discharge. For example, there are repeated accounts of professionals, service users, and carers all having insufficient information on various aspects of the discharge process. Other issues include poor communication, inadequate assessment and planning, timing of discharge, transport, medication, and delays and inadequacies in the provision of community services. Over the years, there has been a raft of policies seeking to address the transition from hospital to community. The challenges of transition between hospital and community have been epitomised in the spotlight focused on what over time has been variously termed ‘blocked beds’, ‘delayed discharge’, and ‘delayed transfers of care’. This chapter focuses on hospital discharge, a transition that is both one of the most common but also one beset with enduring challenges. It highlights those elements that repeatedly emerge as problematic and suggests steps which can be taken to minimise the disruption for individuals.

Keywords:   United Kingdom, hospital discharge, transition, hospital, community, blocked beds, delayed discharge, delayed transfers

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