Discharged Pediatric Patients Infrequently Receive Home Health, Facility-Based Post-Acute Care, Study Finds
Among pediatric patients, hospital discharges to both home health and facility-based post-acute care are infrequent, according to a new study. The study, partially funded by AHRQ, used data from AHRQ’s Kids’ Inpatient Database to assess the national prevalence of both types of post-discharge care among children. Researchers analyzed records from more than 2.4 million acute care pediatric (0–21 years old) discharges in 2012 and found that 5 percent of discharges were to home health care and 1.1 percent were to facility-based post-acute care. Neonatal care was the most common reason for discharge to home health care (46 percent). Researchers also found that both home health and facility-based post-acute care varied widely by race/ethnicity and across states, and that Hispanic children were less likely to use either type of post-acute care. More research is needed to understand these variations and to determine for which children home health and facility-based post-acute care are most effective, researchers concluded. The study, “Pediatric Hospital Discharges to Home Health and Post-Acute Facility Care: A National Study,” and the abstract were published in the February 22 issue of JAMA Pediatrics.
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JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Feb 22. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.4836. [Epub ahead of print]
Pediatric Hospital Discharges to Home Health and Postacute Facility Care: A National Study.
Berry JG1, Hall M2, Dumas H3, Simpser E4, Whitford K5, Wilson KM6, O'Neill M7, Mittal V8, Agrawal R9, Dribbon M10, Haines CJ10, Traul C5, Marks M5, O'Brien J3.
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