Going home from hospital: The postdischarge experience of patients and carers in rural and remote Queensland
Version of Record online: 23 JAN 2006
Australian Journal of Rural Health
Volume 14, Issue 1, pages 9–13, February 2006
How to Cite
Williams, C., Thorpe, R., Harris, N., Dickinson, H., Barrett, C. and Rorison, F. (2006), Going home from hospital: The postdischarge experience of patients and carers in rural and remote Queensland. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 14: 9–13. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2006.00749.x
- Issue online: 23 JAN 2006
- Version of Record online: 23 JAN 2006
- Accepted for publication 9 June 2005.
Objective: This paper reports on a study of the experiences of patients and carers discharged from the Townsville General Hospital into rural and remote communities in North Queensland.
Design: The findings presented in this paper are drawn from post-discharge in-depth, qualitative interviews of both patients and carers.
Results: The findings indicate the importance of examining the lived experience of both patients and carers in attempting to understand the impact of current discharge practices.
Conclusion: We conclude that carers are providing the bulk of post-discharge care of patients – a difficult role in which the difficulties are exacerbated when the patient or the carer or both is a long way from the home community.