Posted on Monday, November 30, 2020
Researchers Kathryn Bowles and Margaret McDonald, both with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) are studying the characteristics and outcomes of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 who are discharged to the home setting.
Bowles and McDonald have been analyzing OASIS data and other information tied to patients recovering at home following coronavirus-related acute care stays. The goal of their research is to emphasize the value of in-home care especially with cases of COVID-19 spiking and less hospital beds available.
“We knew that, nationwide, only 11% of [hospital discharges] are getting home health care services after COVID-19 — and that seems really low to us,” said Bowles, who serves as vice president and director of the VNSNY Center for Home Care Policy & Research. “We were hoping that we might show the value of home health care, bringing attention to the fact that home health care is a resource that could be used to help support recovery in the community.”
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