Against‐medical‐advice Discharges from the Hospital: Optimizing Prevention and Management to Promote High Quality, Patient-Centered Care (Hardcover)

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Against‐medical‐advice Discharges from the Hospital: Optimizing Prevention and Management to Promote High Quality, Patient-Centered Care (Hardcover)

By David Alfandre (Editor)

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This first-of-its-kind text provides a multidisciplinary overview of a significant problem in hospital-based healthcare: patients who decline inpatient medical care and leave the hospital against medical advice (AMA). Compared to standard hospital discharges, AMA discharges are associated with worse health and health services outcomes. Patients discharged AMA have been found to have disproportionately higher rates of substance use, psychiatric illness, and report stigmatization and reduced access to care. By providing a far reaching examination of AMA discharges for a wide academic and clinical audience, the book serves as a reference for clinical care, research, and the development of professional guidelines and institutional policy. The book provides both a broad overview of AMA discharges with chapters on the epidemiology, ethical and legal aspects, as well as social science perspectives. For clinicians in the disciplines of hospital medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine, nursing, and psychiatry, the book also provides a patient-centered analysis of the problem, case-based discussions, and a discussion of best practices. This comprehensive review of AMA discharges and health care quality will interest physicians and other health care professionals, social workers, hospital administrators, quality and risk managers, clinician-educators, and health services researchers.

David Alfandre, MD, MSPHVHA National Center for Ethics in Health Care US Department of Veterans AffairsAssociate Professor of Medicine and Population HealthNYU School of Medicine New York, NY, USA
Product Details ISBN: 9783319751290
ISBN-10: 3319751298
Publisher: Springer
Publication Date: May 28th, 2018
Pages: 181
Language: English