Discharge planning v usual care

OutcomesPatientsResult (number of trials)
Length of stayElderly medicalNo difference (4 trials)
SurgicalNo difference (1 trial)
Medical and surgicalReduced for only 1 of 2 hospitals (1 trial)
No difference (2 trials)
Unscheduled readmissionMedicalIncreased at 1 month but not 6 months (1 trial)
Decreased at 1 week but not 8 weeks (1 trial)
No difference (2 trials)
SurgicalNo difference (1 trial)
Medical and surgicalDecreased at 4 weeks but not 9 months (1 trial)
MortalityMedical and surgicalNo difference at 9 months (1 trial)
Hospital care costsMedicalNo difference for cost of initial stay; lower total charges at 2 weeks and 2 to 6 weeks
SurgicalNo difference (1 trial)
Overall costsMedicalNo difference (1 trial)