4 Alternatives to Inpatient Care, and How Well They Work
Certain programs designed to keep patients out of the hospital are safe for some acute conditions, research shows.
Several methods designed to keep patients out of the hospital are safe, according to an analysis of 20 years of research.
Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston looked at 22 review articles published between 1995 and 2016 on approaches for treating conditions commonly treated in an inpatient setting. The studies covered pulmonary embolism, deep venous thrombosis, pneumonia, chest pain, kidney stones, and symptoms of heart failure or emphysema.
The following alternative approaches to care were deemed safe, according to the analysis:
- Outpatient management after initial diagnosis: Use of this approach for several acute medical conditions produced no significant difference in mortality, disease-specific outcomes, or patient satisfaction compared with inpatient admission.