[Geriatric institutions, between ambulatory and hospital care: patients' description and performance assessment]

Sante Publique. 2015 Jan-Feb;27(1 Suppl):S167-75.
[Article in French]


Introduction: To describe patients admitted to a geriatric institution, providing short-term hospitalizations in the context of ambulatory care in the canton of Geneva. To measure the performances of thisstructure in terms of quality ofcare and costs.

Method: Data related to the clinical,functioning and participation profiles of the first 100 patients were collected. Data related to effects (readmission, deaths, satisfaction, complications), services and resources were also documented over an 8-month period to measure various quality and costindicators. Observed values were systematically compared to expected values, adjustedfor case mix.

Results: Explicit criteria were proposed to focus on the suitable patients, excluding situations in which other structures were considered to be more appropriate. The specificity of this intermediate structure was to immediately organize, upon discharge, outpatient services at home. The low rate of potentially avoidable readmissions, the high patient satisfaction scores, the absence of premature death and the low number of iatrogenic complications suggest that medical and nursing care delivered reflect a good quality of services. The cost was significantly lower than expected, after adjusting for case mix.

Conclusion: The pilot experience showed that a short-stay hospitalization unit was feasible with acceptable security conditions. The attending physician's knowledge of the patients allowed this system tofocus on essential issues without proposing inappropriate services.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Ambulatory Care Facilities* / economics
  • Ambulatory Care Facilities* / organization & administration
  • Ambulatory Care Facilities* / standards
  • Comparative Effectiveness Research
  • Continuity of Patient Care / economics
  • Continuity of Patient Care / organization & administration
  • Continuity of Patient Care / standards
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Diagnosis-Related Groups / organization & administration
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Health Services for the Aged* / economics
  • Health Services for the Aged* / organization & administration
  • Health Services for the Aged* / standards
  • Hospitalization* / economics
  • Hospitalization* / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay / economics
  • Length of Stay / statistics & numerical data
  • Male
  • Pilot Projects
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Switzerland