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Moving elderly inpatients to a transitional care facility reduced hospital stay but increased time to transfer to long term care

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Q What are the effects of moving elderly inpatients waiting for a long term care bed to a transitional care facility (TCF)?


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randomised controlled trial.

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blinded {data collectors and outcome assessors}.*

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4 months.

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3 public hospitals in southern Adelaide, Australia.

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320 patients in acute care hospital beds who were to be transferred to long term care, had completed assessments, and were medically stable and ready for hospital discharge; patients with dementia and behavioural problems were included if no additional nursing staff would be required for their care.

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212 patients were allocated to be moved to an off-site TCF, which was run by the 3 hospitals and a private provider. Care was based on …

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  • * Information provided by author.

  • For correspondence: Dr M Crotty, Flinders University, Repatriation General Hospital, Daw Park, South Australia, Australia. maria.crotty{at}

  • Sources of funding: South Australia Department of Human Services and Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care.