Associate Professor and Nursing Supervisor.
Effectiveness of a pilot project of discharge planning in Taiwan†
Version of Record online: 16 JAN 2003
Copyright © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 53–63, February 2003
How to Cite
Dai, Y.-T., Chang, Y., Hsieh, C.-Y. and Tai, T.-Y. (2003), Effectiveness of a pilot project of discharge planning in Taiwan. Res. Nurs. Health, 26: 53–63. doi: 10.1002/nur.10067
We thank Wen-Lin Tsai and Yu-Yun Lee, the head nurses of the neurosurgical units; Mei-Ing Chang and Hsiu-Yun Liu, the head nurses of the rehabilitative units, for their commitment to this program; and nurse-specialist Ju-Tzu Chen for her help in data management. Special thanks also are given to biostatistician Dr. Kuang-Her Chen, who provided valuable comments on the data analysis, and to Myrna Buiser, RN, MSN, for her volunteer work in providing editorial support.
- Issue online: 16 JAN 2003
- Version of Record online: 16 JAN 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 NOV 2002
- Manuscript Received: 28 DEC 1999
- Department of Health, Republic of China
- discharge planning;
- length of hospital stay;
- activities of daily living
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a nurse-designed discharge-planning project in a teaching hospital in Taiwan. A before-and-after quasi-experimental design was used. Craniotomy (n = 112) and stroke (n = 171) patients were recruited and divided into control and intervention groups. Outcome indicators included length of hospital stay, change in activities of daily living (ADL), rate of nursing home placement, rate of unplanned readmission, and level of satisfaction. In the stroke sample length of hospital stay was shorter in the intervention group than in the control group. In the craniotomy sample unplanned readmission was less frequent in the intervention group than in the control group. No differences were found between the control and intervention groups in other outcome indicators. © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 26:53–63, 2003