Hospital at homeBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7051.232a (Published 27 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:232
Research is needed into organisation and development as well as cost effectiveness
- Celia Palmer
- Senior registrar in public health Quality Department, Central Middlesex Hospital, London NW10 7NS
EDITOR,—I agree with Sasha Shepperd and Steve Iliffe that the cost effectiveness of hospital at home services is still in question.1 I am less sure that we will know the answer in 1997 when the results of randomised trials become available. The heterogeneity of the schemes will greatly reduce the generalisability of the randomised trials, which, to be feasible, have had to be restricted to looking at patients with selected conditions.
I have …