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J Adv Nurs. 1997 Jun;25(6):1233-40.

The problems of elderly people at home one week after discharge from an acute care setting.

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Research Centre Primary/Secondary Health Care, University Hospital VU-ziskenhuis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


The problems of elderly people following discharge from hospital is a worldwide focus of nursing attention. Actual and local insight into the nature and extent of post-discharge problems is needed as a base for improving and evaluating discharge planning. Problems following discharge were investigated as the first part of a larger study. Over a 3-month period, 251 elderly people who had been discharged after a hospital stay of more than 3 days, were asked to participate in the study. Half received a postal questionnaire and half were interviewed at home, one week after discharge. There were 145 respondents. The need for information was mentioned by 80% of the patients. Housekeeping tasks also caused most patients some difficulty. Almost 40% of those discharged reported some kind of unmet need.

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