This report presents the annual activity of a home care unit which operates as an extension of a regional hospital into the community. This 'intermediate-care' (between hospitalization and ambulatory care) was developed because of the demographic and health characteristics of the urban population served and in response to their specific health care needs (immediate availability and accessibility of care). During this period, 471 patients were under care, 85% of whom were 65 years old and over. Forty percent were referred with a diagnosis of a malignant disease, about 20% with a diagnosis of a cerebral event and 15% with cardiac and vascular problems. The average period of stay in the program was three months, with less than 10% remaining under supervision for more than a year. In about 50% of the patients involved the care goals were attained and in an additional 25% (terminal cases) the patients were cared for at home until death. The service was found to be an important factor in the interim phase between acute hospitalization and the continuation of care provided by the family physician. The multidisciplinary team care approach was found to be effective in providing services to that group of patients characterized by old age, multiple medical problems and being homebound. The concerned service is continuously developing in compliance with the changing and growing needs of particular groups of patients such as advanced malignant disease, complex cardiovascular problems and multiple (simultaneous) diseases.
- home care
- multidisciplinary teams
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health(social science)
- History and Philosophy of Science