The problems of elderly people at home one week after discharge from an acute care setting

J Adv Nurs. 1997 Jun;25(6):1233-40. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.1997.19970251233.x.


The problems of elderly people following discharge from hospital is a worldwide focus of nursing attention. Actual and local insight into the nature and extent of post-discharge problems is needed as a base for improving and evaluating discharge planning. Problems following discharge were investigated as the first part of a larger study. Over a 3-month period, 251 elderly people who had been discharged after a hospital stay of more than 3 days, were asked to participate in the study. Half received a postal questionnaire and half were interviewed at home, one week after discharge. There were 145 respondents. The need for information was mentioned by 80% of the patients. Housekeeping tasks also caused most patients some difficulty. Almost 40% of those discharged reported some kind of unmet need.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Aftercare*
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Health Services for the Aged*
  • Health Status
  • Home Care Services*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Netherlands
  • Patient Discharge*