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Delayed transfers of older people from hospital: Causes and policy implications

Bryan, Karen, Gage, Heather and Gilbert, Ken (2005) Delayed transfers of older people from hospital: Causes and policy implications. Health Policy, 76 (2). pp. 194-201.

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Abstract

Health and social care agencies in the UK. have been under pressure for some time to reduce delayed transfers of older people from hospital because they absorb scarce health service resources and incur a human cost through inappropriate placement. A local study based on an analysis of records and interviews with managers showed that delays reflect the complex needs of older people, and arise from financing and organisational problems at both the planning and implementation stages of a discharge. Family resistance may also be a factor. Budgetary constraints result in delays in confirming public support for some clients. Shortages of professional staff and care assistants limit the provision of domiciliary packages. The contraction of the residential sector has reduced the availability of beds and increased the cost of care home placements. Scope exists for expediting administrative aspects of transfers by coordinating health and social services. More recent legislation that imposes fines on social service departments for delayed transfers does not address underlying causes.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2005.06.005
School/Department: Vice Chancellor's Office
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/4412

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