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Research on Health Service Issues




Continuity of Care for Community-dwelling Seniors
A. Salmoni*, R.W. Pong, E. Rukholm, M. Lemonde, J. Horne, R. Knight, R. Joly, B. MacLellan, D. McMillan, L. Andrighetti, L. Martin*, and K. Byrne*

This study seeks to identify the important elements of continuity of care as they pertain to seniors being discharged from hospital to community-based care. While there is agreement that continuity is an important dimension of quality of care, there is no consensus on what constitutes continuity of care. In addition, current definitions of continuity of care have been derived without inputs from different stakeholders. The primary objective of this study is to survey a sample of stakeholders to identify the critical elements for continuity of care. The stakeholders include: seniors (in- and out-patients discharged from hospital), hospital and community-care administrators, physicians, nurses, case managers, and informal caregivers. A valid operational definition of continuity, as well as a set of potential performance indicators, will help set guidelines for case, and promote effective and efficient use of scarce resources.

(funded by the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation)

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(Names in bold denote CRaNHR investigators and research staff. Names with an * denote former CRaNHR investigators and research staff.)