Last updated on February 2018

Impact of a Transitional Care Program on 30-Day Hospital Readmissions for Elderly Patients Discharged From a Short Stay Geriatric Ward

Brief description of study

In France, it has be estimated that the hospital readmission rate within 30 days of patients aged 75 or older is 14% (IC95% [12.0-16.7]), nearly a quarter being avoidable. There is evidence that interventions "bridging" the transition from hospital to home involving a dedicated professional (usually nurses) would be most effective in reducing the risk of readmission, but the level of evidence of current studies is low. Our study aims to assess the impact of a program of transitional care from hospital to home for people of 75 years old or more admitted to acute care.

Detailed Study Description

The study is a stepped wedge randomized cluster study. Intervention: The transition care program, involving a dedicated advanced practice nurse, will include: 1) during the patient's stay in hospital: an individualized needs-based comprehensive discharge plan and a transitional care record ; the notification of the primary care physician about inpatient care and hospital discharge; 2) the day of the discharge: specific explanations about the organization of home care provided by the transition care nurse to the patient; 3) during 4 weeks after discharge: monitoring patients and caregivers regularly through home visits and/or telephone contact,

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT02421133

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