The objective of the project was to evaluate a pilot Post Acute Community Care (PACC) program for orthopaedic patients. A series of cross-sectional surveys elicited responses of patient and home carer needs and GP and hospital staff acceptability while a cost-minimisation analysis compared the average cost of the PACC program with general orthopaedic hospital care. Patients were classified according to Australian National Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs). Average length of hospital stay in 1998/99 for PACC patients was 7.7 days compared to 12.3 for general orthopaedic patients. Only 3% of patients had an unplanned readmission to hospital. Patients and carers expressed a number of unmet needs. This study confirms the popularity of early discharge schemes with patients, and provides little evidence of adverse health outcomes or that the burden of care is shifted to carers in a way that is unacceptable for this older population.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Australian health review : a publication of the Australian Hospital Association|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|