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Role of Discharge Planning in Avoiding Rehospitalisation in an Aboriginal Man Following Head and Neck Surgery: A Case Report

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal
Volume 35 Issue 2 (Mar/Apr 2011)

Abstract: Discharging patients following head and neck surgery is a complex and challenging process. Aboriginal patients have a higher rate of rehospitalisation. Premature discharge or discharge to an environment that is not capable of meeting the patient's bio-psycho-social needs may result in rehospitalisation. Discharge planning should involve all members of the multidisciplinary team and patient/family caregivers to develop a patient-centered plan. Successful discharge transitions include adequate patient education and instruction, performing an accurate reconciliation of medications, establishing timely follow-up, and developing an appropriately detailed discharge summary that is communicated to the General Practitioners (GP) and specialists in a timely fashion. Preventing avoidable rehospitalisations has the potential to profoundly improve both the quality-of-life for patients and the financial wellbeing of the healthcare systems.

To cite this article: Clement, Zackariah. Role of Discharge Planning in Avoiding Rehospitalisation in an Aboriginal Man Following Head and Neck Surgery: A Case Report [online]. Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, Vol. 35, No. 2, Mar/Apr 2011: 20-22. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=936680446298073;res=IELAPA> ISSN: 1037-3403. [cited 30 Apr 16].

Personal Author: Clement, Zackariah; Source: Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal, Vol. 35, No. 2, Mar/Apr 2011: 20-22 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1037-3403 Subject: Patient education; Aboriginal Australians--Diseases; Health facilities--Discharge planning;

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