Moving healthcare closer to home case studies: admission avoidance and length of stay reduction

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This paper is part of a suite of materials developed to support providers and commissioners making decisions about schemes to move healthcare currently provided in acute hospitals to community-based settings. It describes two case studies illustrating how services can support hospital admission avoidance and length of stay reduction. The Short-Term Assessment, Rehabilitation and Reablement Service (London North West Healthcare NHS Trust) provides acute-level care in the patient’s home through a multidisciplinary team, which includes a consultant physician, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers and other professionals. The Care Navigation/Telehealth Care Services (South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) helps reduce hospital readmissions and length of stay by enabling patients to better understand their illness and take more responsibility for managing their long-term conditions at home. (Edited publisher abstract)

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hospital admission, hospital discharge, case studies, telehealth, community care, home care, multidisciplinary teams, self care;
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practice example
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