Trauma—rehabilitation connections: Discharge and admission decisions for children Academic Article uri icon


  • Paediatric discharge coordinators and rehabilitation admission coordinators were surveyed about how children are selected for rehabilitation. The following areas are covered: (1) the decision process, and how children are selected for rehabilitation; (2) who is involved in making acute-care discharge and rehabilitation admission decisions; (3) factors that guide selection of children for rehabilitation; and (4) satisfaction with referral practices. Surveys were completed by 30 trauma discharge and rehabilitation admission coordinators, recruited from paediatric trauma units and paediatric/general rehabilitation units nationwide. Most respondents were satisfied with transfers, although some voiced concerns about constraints placed on referrals by insurance. Even when inpatient rehabilitation was clearly needed, 40% said insurance status still affected whether children were admitted. There was little evidence that any uniform criteria are used to make decisions. Half had no training in discharge/admission planning and half did not base decisions on functional assessments. Although guidelines are increasingly used in clinical decision-making, few are available concerning critical decisions about which children receive inpatient rehabilitation following trauma.

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  • January 1997

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