Transitional care interventions: Relevance for nursing in the community.

Authors: Coffey A, Mulcahy H, Savage E, Fitzgerald S, Bradley C, Benefield L, & Leahy-Warren P.

Source: Public Health Nurs. 2017 Apr 3. doi: 10.1111/phn.12324

Objectives: The coordination and integration of health care is compromised by complex challenges related to transitions between care settings, greater prevalence of chronic health conditions, and older individuals with increasing levels of dependency. Transitional care incorporates a broad range of services designed to provide care continuity. This systematic review aims to synthesize and present findings regarding the relevance of transitional care interventions to community nursing.

Conclusions: Effective transitional care requires excellent communication between acute and primary care providers. This has implications for integration and organization of care across settings and nursing competence.

 

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