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Practicality of Acute and Transitional Care and its consequences in the era of SwissDRG: a focus group study
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4511106
Author(s) Wangmo, Tenzin; Padrutt, Yvonne; KonÚ, Insa; Gńchter, Thomas; Elger, Bernice S.; Leu, Agnes
Author(s) at UniBasel Wangmo, Tenzin
KonÚ, Insa
Elger, Bernice Simone
Leu, Agnes
Year 2019
Title Practicality of Acute and Transitional Care and its consequences in the era of SwissDRG: a focus group study
Journal BMC Health Services Research
Volume 19
Number 1
Pages / Article-Number 374
Keywords ATC; Acute and transitional care; DRG; Health policy; SwissDRG; Switzerland
Mesh terms Diagnosis-Related Groups, statistics & numerical data; Emergency Medical Services, standards; Evaluation Studies as Topic; Focus Groups; Humans; Prospective Studies; Switzerland, epidemiology; Transitional Care, standards
Abstract Switzerland recently introduced Acute and Transitional Care (ATC) as a new financing option and a preventive measure to mitigate potential side effects of Swiss Diagnosis Related Group (SwissDRG). The goal of ATC was to support patients who after acute treatment at a hospital require temporary increased professional care. However, evidence is lacking as to the practicality of ATC.; Using qualitative focus group methodology, we sought to understand the implementation and use of ATC. A purposive sample of forty-two professionals from five Swiss cantons participated in this study. We used a descriptive thematic approach to analyse the data.; Our findings first reveal that ATC's implementation differs in the five cantons (i.e. federal states). In two cantons, only ambulatory variant of ATC is used; in one canton only stationary ATC has been created, and two cantons had both ambulatory and stationary ATC but preferred the latter. Second, there are intrinsic practical challenges associated with ATC, which include physicians' lack of familiarity with ATC and its regulatory limitations. Finally, participants felt that due to shorter hospital stays because of SwissDRG, premature discharge of patients with complex care needs to stationary ATC takes place. This development does not fit the nursing home concept of care tailored to long-term patients.; This empirical study underscores that there is a strong need to improve ATC so that it is uniformly implemented throughout the country and its application is streamlined. In light of the newness of ATC as well as SwissDRG, their impact on the quality of care received by patients is yet to be fully understood. Empirical evidence is necessary to improve these two measures.
Publisher BioMed Central
ISSN/ISBN 1472-6963
Full Text on edoc Available
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1186/s12913-019-4220-0
PubMed ID
Document type (ISI) Journal Article

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