Patient Discharge Planning Documentation in an Australian Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Setting


Department of Nursing, La Trobe University, St. Helliers Street, Abbotsford, Victoria 3067, Australia.


This article, drawing on data from 17 case studies, addresses problems in documentation of discharge planning in an Australian multidisciplinary rehabilitation center and the ways these were, or could be, overcome. The problems identified in the case studies were not specific to one discipline; they were due to inadequately defined guidelines and responsibility and poorly designed forms, and they possibly reflected the tendency for members of practice-oriented disciplines to see documentation as low on their list of priorities.