Not enough home care top concern for Ontario patients, study finds
2020-01-07 from cbc.ca
The three biggest problems for patients surveyed about their discharge from Ontario hospitals all concern publicly funded home care, according to new research published in an international medical journal.
The researchers hope the findings will encourage improvements in the hospital-to-home transition navigated by some one million patients every year in this province.
The study involved more than 700 patients who had been admitted to Ontario hospitals over the previous three years. The researchers aimed to find out what affected the patients' experience during their discharge and transition to home.
Among 52 factors considered in the study, the single greatest concern was "not enough publicly funded home care services to meet the need." That issue was ranked number one issue consistently across geographic, age, gender and ethnic groups, the researchers determined.
Participants ranked home care support not being in place when returning from hospital as their number two concern, and the third-ranked priority was "having to advocate to get enough home care."
"We know that when patients are discharged home from hospital it can be a really tricky time for them," said Dr. Tara Kiran, lead researcher of the study, in an interview with CBC News.
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