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.
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