A recent study
published in the Journal of Community Health Nursing
explores the process of connecting clients with outpatient care. Through qualitative interviews with staff and clients at the medical respite program in Baltimore, MD, the study shines a light on the challenges and benefits associated with linking clients with outpatient providers. Additionally, the study offers considerations for medical respite programs as they work to build policies and procedures for outpatient care.
Zur, J., Linton, S., and Mead, H. (2016). Medical Respite and Linkages to Outpatient Health Care Providers among Individuals Experiencing Homelessness. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 33(2), 81-89.
The Journal of Hospital Medicine
recently published a study
from Edward Thomas House Medical Respite Program in Seattle, WA. This study explores the viability of administering outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) to clients in a medical respite facility. OPAT is a safe way to administer intravenous (IV) antimicrobial therapy. The study found that OPAT can be successful in supervised medical respite settings and has the potential to decrease hospital length of stay resulting in cost savings.
Beieler, A. M., Dellit, T. H., Chan, J. D., Dhanireddy, S., Enzian, L. K., Stone, T. J., Dwyer-O’Connor, E., and Lynch, J. B. (2016). Successful Implementation of Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy at a Medical Respite Facility for Homeless Patients. Journal of Hospital Medicine, 11, 531-535.