A Systematic Review of Criteria-Led Patient Discharge

Liz Lees-Deutsch, Jane Robinson

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Abstract

Background: This article reports on a systematic review conducted to critique safety, quality, length of stay, and implementation factors regarding criteria-led discharge. Purpose: Improving patient flow and timely bed capacity is a global issue. Criteria-led discharge enables accelerated patient discharge in accordance with patient selection. Methods: A systematic review was conducted to identify literature on criteria-led discharge from 2007 to 2017. The quality of articles was appraised using a tool for disparate studies. Two reviewers extracted relevant data independently. Results: Fifteen studies were identified that showed no increase in patient readmission or complication rates with criteria-led discharge, demonstrating patient safety. The quality of the patient discharge was unremarkable. None of the studies showed an increase in length of stay. Conclusions: The safety, quality, and length of stay for patients discharged through criteria-led discharge are inextricably linked to the process adopted for its implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-126
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing Care Quality
Volume34
Issue number2
Early online date6 Sept 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Sept 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • criteria-led discharge
  • discharge
  • patient discharge
  • patient safety
  • patient selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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