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Gaceta Sanitaria

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JIMENEZ, Sònia et al. Psychosocial factors determine patients' acceptance of emergency department discharge directly to hospital-at-home care. Gac Sanit [online]. 2010, vol.24, n.4, pp.303-308. ISSN 0213-9111.

Aim: To identify the factors associated with patients' acceptance of emergency department discharge directly to hospital-at-home care. Patients and methods: We performed a prospective observational cohort study of patients seen at the emergency department who met the following inclusion criteria: need for hospital admission, ability to be interviewed, and availability of an informal caregiver. The dependent variable was defined as the predisposition to accept or refuse hospital-at-home care. For each patient, the following independent variables were recorded: demographic characteristics, health-related factors, comorbidities, current illness and psychosocial perceptions related to hospital-at-home care. The associations among the variables were tested by means of logistic regression analysis. Results: We included 129 patients. Seventy-one percent would have accepted hospital-at-home care. Acceptance of hospital-at-home care was associated with psychosocial perceptions only, independently of demographic characteristics, current illness severity and comorbidities. These psychosocial perceptions included adequate conditions at home (OR: 4.31; 95% CI: 1.18-15.78), not being afraid of oxygen manipulation (OR: 5.99; 95% CI: 2.05-17.52), lack of fear of a poor outcome (OR: 6.07; 95% CI: 1.94-18.96) and the possibility of enjoying a more flexible schedule (OR: 12.61; 95% CI: 3.31-48.01). Conclusions: Hospital-at-home care would be well accepted by patients if offered in the emergency department as an alternative to conventional hospitalization. Acceptance depends on patients' psychosocial perceptions, which should be assessed before this mode of care is proposed.

Keywords : Hospital at home; Acceptance; Emergency department.

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