A narrative literature review of the evidence regarding the economic impact of avoidable hospitalizations amongst palliative care patients in the UK

Source:  Progress in Palliative Care, 19, (6), p291-298.

Follow this link for abstract.   

 Date of publication:  November 2011

Publication type:  article

In a nutshell:  This article provides a narrative review of evidence relating to the potential economic impact of reducing avoidable admissions among palliative care patients in the UK.  A search for evidence on the economic consequences of avoidable hospital admissions among palliative care patients was conducted, and five studies met the inclusion criteria.  The limited evidence showed that avoidable readmission rates are high. The full economic consequences of reducing readmissions however, has not been addressed.  The authors call for more evidence with a focus on the economic implications for community care versus acute care.

Length of publication:  8 pages

Some important notes:  Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

Acknowledgement:  EMBASE

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