Study: homecare must be adequately resourced in order for it to be effective
One of the challenges for homecare is to show that it can care for people after discharge from hospital both effectively and cost effectively. People with chronic lung disease, for example, have been shown to be looked after effectively in their home. Nursing care and rehabilitation has been shown to work in some patients, with telephone and home visit support after hospital admissions. A study recently published in the British Medical Journal has shown that home based care, if it is to be effective, must be adequately supported and funded. The study showed that two visits by community nurses to lung patients, after discharge from hospital, improved patient knowledge but had no effect on subsequent hospital re-admission, the main purpose of the visiting. The study found that home-based care was seen by many as a cheap alternative to expensive hospital care, but it still needs adequate resources.