Discharge planning conference prior to discharge of the elderly

Many patients who are admitted to hospital still require care after discharge. A group that often require several different help efforts after discharge is older people with multiple illnesses. A discharge planning conference where the patient’s needs are assessed and arrangements are made is a way to try to ensure a safe discharge.


For patients over 65, does the frequency of readmission differ depending on whether a discharge planning conference has been held at the hospital prior to discharge or not?

Identified studies

1. Goncalves-Bradley DC, Lannin NA, Clemson LM, Cameron ID, Shepperd S. Discharge planning from hospital. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2016:Cd000313.
2. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Transition between inpatient hospital settings and community or care home settings for adults with social care needs. November 2015. https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng27/evidence/full-guideline-pdf-2185185565.

Literature search

Literature search elderly.pdf


SBU Enquiry Service Consists of structured literature searches to highlight studies that can address questions received by the SBU Enquiry Service from Swedish healthcare or social service providers. We assess the risk of bias in systematic reviews and when needed also quality and transferability of results in health economic studies. Relevant references are compiled by an SBU staff member, in consultation with an external expert when needed.

Published: 6/25/2018
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