Going home from hospital: the postdischarge experience of patients and carers in rural and remote Queensland

Williams, Chris, Thorpe, Rosamund, Harris, Nonie, Dickinson, Hilary, Barrett, Chris, and Rorison, Francine (2006) Going home from hospital: the postdischarge experience of patients and carers in rural and remote Queensland. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 14 (1). pp. 9-13.

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Abstract

Objective: This paper reports on a study of the experiences of patients and carers discharged from the Townsville General Hospital into rural and remote communities in North Queensland.

Design: The findings presented in this paper are drawn from post-discharge in-depth, qualitative interviews of both patients and carers.

Results: The findings indicate the importance of examining the lived experience of both patients and carers in attempting to understand the impact of current discharge practices.

Conclusion: We conclude that carers are providing the bulk of post-discharge care of patients – a difficult role in which the difficulties are exacerbated when the patient or the carer or both is a long way from the home community.

Item ID: 3688
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: carer, discharge, hospital, patient, remote, rural
ISSN: 1440-1584
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2009 03:11
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health @ 100%
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