Readmissão dos doentes dependentes no serviço de urgência: estudo de alguns factores

Translated title of the contribution: The readmission of dependent patients in emergency department: study of some variables

Rita Margarida Dourado Marques*

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Abstract

Background: The readmission of dependent patients to the emergency department is a reality in our society, often associated with difficulties experienced by caregivers at home. Objectives: To determine the readmission rate and factors related to the readmission. Methods: In this quantitative analytical study, an interview was carried out with 107 dependent patients and their caregivers, who used the emergency department of a central Lisbon hospital from April to July, and a telephone interview one month after the discharge. Results: About 28% of the studied patients returned to the hospital within 28 days after discharge (readmission). Older and widowed people were the most readmitted to the emergency department rather than more dependent patients. Economic difficulties, of carrying out household chores and providing direct care to patients were the most reported by caregivers. Conclusion: Lack of information and providing direct care to patients are difficulties reported by caregivers; thus, nurses play a crucial role in preparing for discharge home and learning the skills for delivering care.
Translated title of the contributionThe readmission of dependent patients in emergency department: study of some variables
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)95-104
Number of pages10
JournalRevista de Enfermagem Referencia
Volume2011
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011

Keywords

  • Caregivers
  • Dependent
  • Emergency
  • Recurrence

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