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Client-Centred Practice: is it Compatible with Early Discharge Hospital-at-Home Policies?

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Current Government initiatives promote the provision of health care in the community rather than in medical institutions. Over the last decade there has been a growth in the number of early discharge hospital-at-home initiatives which provide a level of nursing and rehabilitation care in the home that previously would have been provided in an acute hospital. Simultaneously, there has been a move away from medical to client-centred models of health care delivery. These new client-centred models of health care emphasise collaboration between client and professional and encourage users of health care services to take greater control over and responsibility for their health care. Some occupational therapists may question whether the principles of client-centred care are compatible with the policy of discharging patients early from hospital while they remain in need of health care.

This paper briefly reviews some of the principles of the Canadian Model of Occupational Performance; discusses some of the barriers to providing clientcentred services in the early discharge hospital-at-home setting; and reflects upon whether the principles of client-centredness are consistent with early discharge from hospital policies.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2000

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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