It is time to focus on issues of roll-out and quality control
“Hospital in the home” can mean different things in different countries and contexts. A Cochrane review defined it as “a service that provides active treatment . . . in the patient’s home of a condition that otherwise would require acute hospital in-patient care”.1 This definition includes services that substitute acute care by home-based management (admission avoidance) and those that support discharge with community-based post-acute care and rehabilitation (discharge support). The review found “insufficient evidence to support expansion or contraction” of home-based alternatives to inpatient hospital care.1 Two articles in this issue of the Journal contribute to the clinical evidence base for home care as an admission-avoidance service.
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