Hospital in the home: a concept under question

Gideon A Caplan
Med J Aust 2006; 184 (12): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2006.tb00410.x
Published online: 19 June 2006

The debate on its efficacy has been reignited

Improvements in technology and greater acceptability have narrowed the gap between care in the hospital and care in the home. More patients with more diagnoses are receiving a greater diversity of hospital-type treatments at home than ever. However, the schism that once existed between hospital and home for treatment has opened up within the “hospital in the home” (HITH) movement over whether the concept works at all.

  • Gideon A Caplan1,2,0

  • 1 Hospital in the Home, Post Acute Care Services, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.



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