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Table 2 Aim of review, as worded by review-authors

From: Interventions aimed at reducing problems in adult patients discharged from hospital to home: a systematic meta-review

Review Aim
Cameron 2002 to examine the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of specialised multidisciplinary inpatient rehabilitation supervised by a geriatrician or rehabilitation physician compared with usual (orthopedic) care, for older patients with proximal femoral fracture
Cole 2001 to determine the impact of geriatric post-discharge services on mental state
Day 2004 to provide the evidence base on the effectiveness of specialist geriatric services for developing a sound practice framework
Gwadry 2004 to evaluate the effectiveness of multidisciplinary heart failure management programs on hospital admission rates
Handoll 2004 to evaluate the effects of different mobilisation strategies and programmes after hip fracture surgery
Hyde 2000 to investigate the effects of supported discharge after an acute admission in older people with undifferentiated clinical problems
Kwan 2002 to assess the effects of care pathways, compared with standard medical care, among patients with acute stroke who had been admitted to hospital. In particular we aimed to assess the effects on functional outcome, process of care, quality of life and the hospitalisation costs
OST 2003 to assess the effects of therapy-based rehabilitation services targeted towards stroke patients resident in the community within one year of stroke onset or discharge from hospital following stroke
Parker G 2000 to establish both the volume and strength of existing evaluative research on the costs, quality and effectiveness of different locations of acute, post- and subacute and rehabilitation care for older people
Parker S 2002 to test the following hypotheses: 1. There is an inadequate number of comparable rct's to allow a definitive analysis; 2. Hospital discharge process, outcome and cost-effectiveness can be improved through the use of a variety of interventions; 3. Some interventions are more effective than others; 4. there are priority areas for future research
Phillips 2004 to evaluate the effect of comprehensive discharge planning plus post-discharge support in patients with chronic heart failure on the rate of readmission, all cause mortality, length of stay, quality of life and medical costs
Richards 2003 to determine the effectiveness and costs of interventions intended to improve access to health and social care for older patients following discharge from acute hospitals
Shepperd 2001 to assess the effects of hospital at home compared with in-patient hospital care
Shepperd 2004 to determine the effectiveness of planning the discharge of patients moving from hospital
Teasell 2003 to assess the effectiveness of early supported discharge programs in the context of stroke rehabilitation