© MA Healthcare Ltd.Background/Aims: To explore the beliefs and attitudes of potential referrers and referrees regarding the possible utilisation of early supported discharge (ESD) prior to hospital discharge. Methods: Semi-standardised one-to-one interviews were conducted with nine consultants and ten dyads, comprising inpatients and corresponding treating staff members involved in referral of these patients to ESD. Content analysis was completed to identify key themes and to group the data into categories. Results: Rehabilitation consultants reported safety and the ability to manage at home were the primary considerations in ESD referral decision making. Most patients were extremely likely to agree to referral to ESD. Four main categories were identified in the responses from the patient/staff dyads, which were summarised as: positive and negative aspects of ESD, and barriers and enablers to early discharge. Patients were only willing to return home with ESD once they were ambulant in some capacity. Staff identified considerably more potential disadvantages, and fewer benefits than patients with regard to early discharge. However, there was no indication that staff beliefs had a negative influence on patient views regarding their participation in ESD. Conclusions: Patients and staff generally approved of ESD services; however, staff may need to place greater consideration on advantages, such as the potential emotional and mental benefits that some patients associate with returning home sooner with ESD.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|