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Does comprehensive care lead to improved patient outcomes in acute care settings? An Evidence Check rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care


This Evidence Check examines the effect of comprehensive care in acute settings on patient outcomes. The evidence shows that initiating a comprehensive care program has the potential to lead to increased patient satisfaction, increased involvement of patients in shared decision making and reduced length of stay, cost of care and hospital readmission rates. While no studies reported on individual factors associated with the effective implementation of comprehensive care, recommendations for the organisational and unit level are discussed. Screening or assessment tools used as part of the comprehensive care intervention were reported in some studies.

September 2015
This Resource also featured in This Week in PHC Issue: 26 May 2016
last updated: May 26 2016

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