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Lancet. 1987 Apr 25;1(8539):968-9.

Reduction of redundant hospital stay through controlled intervention.

Abstract

With the aim of reducing redundant hospital stay through controlled intervention, preset criteria for inpatient care were applied on a medical ward. The proportion of unjustified hospital stay days fell by 52.6% and the average length of stay on the experimental ward declined from 6.3 days to 4.6 days. On a control medical ward there was practically no change. At one-month follow-up, patients from the two wards did not differ in death rate, readmission rate, or subjective evaluation of health status.

PMID:
2882353
DOI:
10.1016/s0140-6736(87)90306-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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