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Continuity of Care and Outcomes After Discharge From Hospital

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute Identifier:
First received: September 13, 2005
Last updated: July 25, 2007
Last verified: July 2007

1. INTRODUCTION: Continuity of care (COC) occurs when separate elements of patient care are connected. COC is made up primarily of Continuity of Provider (COP) and Continuity of Information (COI). Many authorities believe that COC is essential to high-quality care. Previous studies have shown poor COC in varied populations. Many studies have shown that increased COC has been associated with improved intermediate outcomes. However, no study has definitively determined whether COC - or either of its components - is associated with important outcomes. The Ontario-Outcomes After the Hospitalization (Ontario-OAtH) study will enroll 5900 adults who are discharged to the community from medical and surgical services from 13 teaching and community hospitals in 5 regions across Ontario. Patients will be followed for 6 months to record details about all interactions with the health care system. This information will give us a detailed measure of both provider and information continuity for all patients over time. The Ontario-OAtH study will have the power to precisely determine whether COC is associated with time to urgent readmission or death after hospital discharge. Since COC is potentially modifiable, the Ontario-OAtH study will give us essential information required for designing interventions to improve outcomes for patients after they are discharged from hospital.

Patient Safety

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Defined Population
Time Perspective: Longitudinal
Official Title: The Association of Provider Continuity and Information Continuity With Patient Outcomes After Discharge From Hospital

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Further study details as provided by Ottawa Hospital Research Institute:

Estimated Enrollment: 5900
Study Start Date: October 2002
Study Completion Date: December 2006
Detailed Description:

See above


Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • discharged to the community from medical and surgical services

Exclusion Criteria:


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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00212927

Canada, Ontario
Ottawa Health Research Institute
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1Y 4E9
Sponsors and Collaborators
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Principal Investigator: Carl Van Walraven, MD OHRI
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00212927     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: carl001
Study First Received: September 13, 2005
Last Updated: July 25, 2007
Health Authority: Canada: Health Canada processed this record on November 20, 2014