Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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| Editors: Jeffrey Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Discharge Planning

  • Jay Behel
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56782-2_396-3



Process whereby an individual’s transition from a medical or nursing facility to a different level of care is coordinated.

Current Knowledge


Effective discharge planning (DP) is an ongoing process that begins upon admission. This process involves assessment of (1) the individual’s goals and expectations for post-discharge functioning; (2) psychosocial resources and instrumental support available to them; (3) physical, cognitive, and psychosocial barriers to discharge; and (4) the expected level of functioning and care needs upon discharge. The individual patient, their loved ones, and all members of their treatment team assist in gathering and documenting this information. As an individual’s admission progresses, these factors are reassessed, and addressing discrepancies between patient expectations and actual physical recovery becomes central to the DP process. By the date of discharge, discrepancies must be...

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Further Readings

  1. Amin, A. N., Hofmann, H., Owen, M. M., Tran, H., Tucker, S., & Kaplan, S. H. (2014). Reduce readmissions with service-based care management. Professional Case Management, 19(6), 255–262.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. Birmingham, J. (2009). Patient choice in the discharge planning process. Professional Case Management, 14(6), 296–309.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  3. Cotera-Perez-Perez, O. (2005). Discharge planning in acute care and long-term facilities. Journal of Legal Medicine, 26, 85–94.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Behavioral SciencesRush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA