VARIABLES INFLUENCING MEDICAL DECISIONS IN A CLINICAL REHABILITATION HOSPITAL
The discharge from the hospital represents a complex process that should assess the patient’s ability to adapt outside of the medical setting. Material and methods: This paper analyses the medical status of the patients admitted to a rehabilitation clinic, at the moment of discharge, considering a number of influencing factors, such as age, sex, place of origin, length of stay (LOS) in the hospital. In order to achieve this purpose, we conducted a study on 136 patients discharged from the Clinical Rehabilitation Hospital Iasi in 2016 using an econometric modelling. Results: Our findings reveal that the medical status of the patients at the time of discharge was not influenced by the sex or place of origin. Also, with an increase in patient’s age by one year, the estimated chances of a patient not to be cured at discharge decreases by 3.5%. In addition, with an increase in the patient’s length of stay in the hospital by one day, the estimated chances of a patient not being cured at discharge time increases by 8.1%. Conclusions: It was found that the age and the length of admission in the hospital has a significant influence on the disease stabilization, even if the patients are not fully cured at discharge time. Because the research only considered data from a single regional hospital, it limits the conclusions that can be drawn from the sample.
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