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Integrative hospital treatment in older patients to benchmark and improve outcome and length of stay - the In-HospiTOOL study.

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Kutz Alexander, Koch Daniel, Conca Antoinette, Baechli Ciril, Haubitz Sebastian, Regez Katharina, Schild Ursula, Caldara Zeljka, Ebrahimi Fahim, Bassetti Stefano, Eckstein Jens, Beer Juerg, Egloff Michael, Kaplan Vladimir, Ehmann Tobias, Hoess Claus, Schaad Heinz, Wagner Ulrich, de Geest Sabina, Schuetz Philipp, Mueller Beat,
Project Integrative Hospital Treatment in Older patients to benchmark and improve Outcome and Length of stay - the In-HospiTOOL study
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal BMC health services research
Volume (Issue) 19(1)
Page(s) 237 - 237
Title of proceedings BMC health services research
DOI 10.1186/s12913-019-4045-x


A comprehensive in-hospital patient management with reasonable and economic resource allocation is arguably the major challenge of health-care systems worldwide, especially in elderly, frail, and polymorbid patients. The need for patient management tools to improve the transition process and allocation of health care resources in routine clinical care particularly for the inpatient setting is obvious. To address these issues, a large prospective trial is warranted. The "Integrative Hospital Treatment in Older patients to benchmark and improve Outcome and Length of stay" (In-HospiTOOL) study is an investigator-initiated, multicenter effectiveness trial to compare the effects of a novel in-hospital management tool on length of hospital stay, readmission rate, quality of care, and other clinical outcomes using a time-series model. The study aims to include approximately 35`000 polymorbid medical patients over an 18-month period, divided in an observation, implementation, and intervention phase. Detailed data on treatment and outcome of polymorbid medical patients during the in-hospital stay and after 30 days will be gathered to investigate differences in resource use, inter-professional collaborations and to establish representative benchmarking data to promote measurement and display of quality of care data across seven Swiss hospitals. The trial will inform whether the "In-HospiTOOL" optimizes inter-professional collaboration and thereby reduces length of hospital stay without harming subjective and objective patient-oriented outcome markers. Many of the current quality-mirroring tools do not reflect the real need and use of resources, especially in polymorbid and elderly patients. In addition, a validated tool for optimization of patient transition and discharge processes is still missing. The proposed multicenter effectiveness trial has potential to improve interprofessional collaboration and optimizes resource allocation from hospital admission to discharge. The results will enable inter-hospital comparison of transition processes and accomplish a benchmarking for inpatient care quality.