This paper demonstrates how a single assessment tool can be linked to intermediate care services eligibility criteria to examine referrals and admissions to these services, by reporting on a project in a locality in East Kent. The project involved implementing a standardised patient assessment tool for three months in all intermediate care services, to examine the suitability of patients entering each of these intermediate care services. This paper focuses on the results of the community assessment rehabilitation team (CART), a recuperative care centre and the day hospital. After analysing patient assessments, we found that some patients in all intermediate care services were placed there inappropriately, and this was most evident in the day hospital. The paper concludes with considerations and suggestions for improving the effectiveness of assessment tools in practice.
Kotiadis, K., Carpenter, G. and Mackenzie, M. (2004), "Examining the Effectiveness and Suitability of Referral and Assessment in Intermediate Care Services", Journal of Integrated Care, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 42-48. https://doi.org/10.1108/14769018200400031
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