Analysis of the demand for a home care support team (HCST)

  • Requena López A
  • Moreno Mateo R
  • Torrubia Atienza P
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OBJECTIVES: To describe the clinical activity of the home care support team (HCST) over the first year of implementation in a health area. DESIGN: A descriptive, cross-sectional study. SETTING: Health Area 2 and 5 of Zaragoza (urban environment). PARTICIPANTS: All the patients (n = 151) included in the home care programme over the year 2000. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: The mean age of attended patients was 77 years; sixty-three percent were woman. The most frequent medical disorders of the patients were neurologic (37.3%) and oncologic disorders (35%). The majority (88%) were referred from the primary care team (PCT). Subjects admitted from primary care of health (family physician or nurse) were 88%. The follow-up of these patients was carried out by the PCT (47.7%), mainly disabled patients, and 14% by HCST (significantly more frequent terminal ill patients). In 38.3% of the patients, follow-up was performed by both teams. Forty two percent of the patients attended died over the year 2000, 53% of them at home. CONCLUSIONS: Home care is an assistance model in progress. HCST are a resource that can become usefull in the development of the PCT work with all the hard to treat complex patients




Requena López, A., Moreno Mateo, R., Torrubia Atienza, P., Rodeles Del Pozo, R., Mainar García, P., & Moliner Izquierdo, M. A. (2001). Analysis of the demand for a home care support team (HCST). Atencion Primaria / Sociedad Española de Medicina de Familia y Comunitaria, 28(10), 652–656.

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