Continuity of Care and Outcomes After Discharge From Hospital

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 21, 2005
Last Update Posted : September 2, 2015
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Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Brief Summary:
1. INTRODUCTION: Continuity of care (COC) occurs when separate elements of patient care are connected. COC is made up primarily of Continuity of Provider (COP) and Continuity of Information (COI). Many authorities believe that COC is essential to high-quality care. Previous studies have shown poor COC in varied populations. Many studies have shown that increased COC has been associated with improved intermediate outcomes. However, no study has definitively determined whether COC or either of its components is associated with important outcomes. The Ontario-Outcomes After the Hospitalization (Ontario-OAtH) study will enroll 5900 adults who are discharged to the community from medical and surgical services from 13 teaching and community hospitals in 5 regions across Ontario. Patients will be followed for 6 months to record details about all interactions with the health care system. This information will give us a detailed measure of both provider and information continuity for all patients over time. The Ontario-OAtH study will have the power to precisely determine whether COC is associated with time to urgent readmission or death after hospital discharge. Since COC is potentially modifiable, the Ontario-OAtH study will give us essential information required for designing interventions to improve outcomes for patients after they are discharged from hospital.

Condition or disease
Patient Safety

Detailed Description:
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Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 5900 participants
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: The Association of Provider Continuity and Information Continuity With Patient Outcomes After Discharge From Hospital
Study Start Date : October 2002
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2006

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • discharged to the community from medical and surgical services

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00212927

Canada, Ontario
Ottawa Health Research Institute
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1Y 4E9
Sponsors and Collaborators
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Principal Investigator: Carl Van Walraven, MD OHRI Identifier: NCT00212927     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: carl001
First Posted: September 21, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 2, 2015
Last Verified: July 2007