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Title: Decision makers and criteria for patient discharge - a qualitative study.
Epworth Authors: Wickramasinghe, Nilmini
Other Authors: Eisinger, Isabella
Bodendorf, Freimut
Keywords: Patient Discharge
Risk of Readmission
Qualitative Approach
Decision Making
Time of Patient Discharge
Risk of Unplanned Readmission
Complexity of Admission
Initial Diagnosis
Chair of Health Informatics Management, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Jun-2017
Citation: BLED eConference (2017) Proceedings. 41.
Conference Name: 30th Bled eConference Digital Transformation – From Connecting Things to Transforming Our Lives
Conference Location: Slovenia
Abstract: The decision to discharge a patient involves multiple stakeholders and criteria that need to be considered during this process. This paper aims at identifying the issues, behaviours, and needs for patient discharge with regards to the risk of readmission and the available information in that process using a qualitative approach. For this purpose, focus groups are conducted at an Australian not-for-profit tertiary hospital group and analysed according to three main areas: Decision makers and factors influencing the time of patient discharge, the risk of unplanned readmission and available information. The results of the focus groups indicate the complexity of admission and initial diagnosis as influencing factors and consequences of the time of patient discharge and suggest requirements on how to include this knowledge into future decision making using data analytics.
DOI: 10.18690/978-961-286-043-1
Type: Conference Poster
Affiliated Organisations: University ErlangenNuremberg, Germany
University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Institute of Information Systems, Germany
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