Identifying hospital patients who need early discharge planning for special dispositions: A comparison of alternative techniques

Thomas S. Inui, Kay M. Stevenson, Diane Plorde, Ileana Murphy

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Identifying patients early in their hospitalizations who need discharge planning to arrange special care dispositions is a difficult task. Failure to achieve early identification may result in unnecessarily prolonged hospital stays and a less orderly process of planning. In this study three brief rating instruments for identifying such patients were compared and found to have different performance characteristics when applied to a large population of patients admitted to a short-term, general medical and surgical hospital. Operational objectives for a discharge-planning screening program are specified and used as grounds for choosing among alternative screening instruments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)922-929
Number of pages8
JournalMedical care
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1981
Externally publishedYes


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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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