Increasing referrals to home health care has the potential to provide support and achieve improved recovery for COVID-19 patients, according to recent research.

Rich data from more than 1,400 COVID-19 patients admitted to home health care after hospital discharge describes home visit care and recovery extent, in a new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

In the study, 94% of the patients discharged to home health care, which included skilled nursing and physical therapy, achieved statistically significant improvements in symptom burden and functional outcomes and 87% had no adverse events, according to a media release from University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

“Our findings suggest that acute care providers might carefully consider which COVID-19 survivors would benefit from home health care after hospitalization,” writes Kathryn H. Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, Professor of Nursing and van Ameringen Chair in Nursing Excellence at Penn Nursing.

“A decision support tool to identify general hospitalized patients for home health care referral may be helpful,” adds Bowles, lead investigator of the study.

[Source(s): University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, EurekAlert]