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Early Screen for Discharge Planning in Community Hospitals

Information source: Mayo Clinic
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
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Condition(s) targeted: Hospitalization

Intervention: Early Screen for Discharge Planning (Other)

Phase: N/A

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Mayo Clinic

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Diane E. Holland, PhD, RN, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Mayo Clinic


The purpose of this study is to determine the predictive performance of the Early Screen for Discharge Planning (ESDP) tool in a regional community hospital. The central hypothesis is that the ESDP differentiates between patients in a regional community hospital who would benefit from those who would not benefit from early discharge-planning intervention as measured by problems and unmet continuing care needs, quality of life, length of stay, and referrals to post-acute services.

Clinical Details

Official title: Validating Discharge Planning Decision Support in a Regional Community Hospital

Study design: Observational Model: Case Control, Time Perspective: Prospective

Primary outcome: Number of problems reported after discharge, measured by the Problems After Discharge Questionnaire - English Version (PADQ-E)

Secondary outcome:

Number of unmet needs reported after discharge, measured by the Problems After Discharge Questionnaire - English Version (PADQ-E)

Quality of life, measured by the EuroQoL-5D

Detailed description: Patients who are hospitalized for medical or surgical reasons who consent to the study will be screened within 24 hours of hospital admission using the Early Screen for Discharge Planning (ESDP). The ESDP is a four-item screening tool used to determine on admission which patients are likely to have complex discharge plans and could benefit from early engagement of discharge planning personnel. The ESDP yields a total score, and those with a score of 10 or greater are considered to have a "high score" and likely to have a complex discharge plan. Those with a score of 9 or below have a "low score". The ESDP screen has been proven to be valid in large academic medical centers. This study will determine if the screen performs with the same validity in a small community hospital.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- 18 years or older

- Able to read and speak English

- Returning home in the community after discharge

Exclusion Criteria:

- Discharged to facility care

- Pregnant females

Locations and Contacts

Mayo Clinic Health System - Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54703, United States
Additional Information

Starting date: June 2014
Last updated: May 20, 2015

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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