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The blocked bed
 — definition of a problem
Author(s)David Hall, Bill Bytheway
Journal titleSocial Science and Medicine, vol 16, no 22, 1982
Pagespp 1985-1991
KeywordsDelayed discharge.
AnnotationThe "blocked bed" is a term familiar to doctors and hospital administrators, but has no conventional definition. Estimates of the prevalence of bed blockage vary and are largely subjective. A survey of Area and Regional Health Authorities in the UK was used to collect information on the nature and extent of bed blockage. The definitions offered focus on the match between patient characteristics and services provided, and refer in the main to elderly patients in acute hospital beds. It is argued that the emergence of this problem is related to a dominant model of acute care in hospitals, which does not accurately reflect the situation of elderly patients or their needs for treatment.
Accession NumberCPA-930505073
ClassmarkLD:QKM *

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