Volume 14, Number 29 (summer 2002)                   IJN 2002, 14(29): 51-58 | Back to browse issues page


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Hajikazemi E, Falahat K, Assemi S, Hosseini F. EFFECT OF HOME VISIT ON HOSPITAL READMISSION. IJN. 2002; 14 (29) :51-58
URL: http://ijn.iums.ac.ir/article-1-327-en.html

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  Background : Heart failure is a chronic disease with relapsing nature. As a result the recurrent hospitalization of patient with heart failure has become a major topic of discussion in the field of health care. Various studies has shown that home visit exert a positive influence on readmission and mortality rate in these patients.

  Objective : To determine the effect of home visit on readmission rate in patients with cardiac failure.

  Design : This was a field trial with control group. Three home visits were carried out in the cases but not in the control group over a six-ninth period. At the end, the number of admission in the two group were compared.

  Samples : 100 patients diagnosed with heart failure were enrolled by continuous sampling into the study and then distributed into 50 cases and 50 controls.

  Results : Result indicated that the case group experienced fewer readmission during the 6month period of the study than the control group the difference being statistically significant [z=2.096and p= 0.044]. Hospital stay was also shorter in cases than in controls, the difference again being statistically significant [t=20.39 and p= 0.017].

  Discussion : The result showed that home visit lead to a reduction in rehospitalization rates in patients with heart failure. Therefore, it is recommended that regular, systematic home visit can lessen complications and prevent deterioration of the disease, thereby reducing re-admission rates in these patients.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: nursing
Received: 2008/01/27 | Accepted: 2014/01/5 | Published: 2014/01/5

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