Letters Delayed discharge to care homes

Residential home assessments are tip of 36 year iceberg

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7034 (Published 01 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7034
  1. Pandora N Wright, specialist registrar, geriatrics1
  1. 1Royal Free Hospital, London, UK
  1. pandora.wright{at}nhs.net

The patient’s delayed discharge secondary to a delay in residential home assessment is just one of several factors that contribute to unnecessary discharge delay and increased length of stay.1

Delayed discharges have been a problem since at least 1975.2 The following factors for delay were …

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