HQO Seeks Feedback on Draft Quality Standard for Transitions from Hospital to Home

Health Quality Ontario (HQO) develops Quality Standards  that outline for clinicians and patients what quality care looks like.  They focus on conditions or topics where there are large variations in how care is delivered, or where there are gaps between the care provided in Ontario and the care patients should receive. The transition in care for a patient leaving the hospital to return home can be one of the biggest tests of our health system to offer seamless care. A quality standard can offer guidance to avoid gaps in a patient’s care.

This quality standard addresses care for people of all ages transitioning (moving) from hospital to home, commonly referred to as “hospital discharge”.

This includes people who have been admitted as inpatients to any type of hospital, including complex continuing care facilities and rehabilitation hospitals. “Home” is broadly defined as a person’s usual place of residence and may include personal residences, retirement residences, assisted-living facilities, long-term care facilities, and shelters.

The scope of this quality standard includes all clinical populations, including groups that often face challenges with transitions (e.g., people with mental health, palliative, or end-of-life care needs), and applies to all health care providers.

View DRAFT Quality Standard & Patient Conversation Guide.  Review and comment by May 14, 2019.

Implications for Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists work to prepare patients for discharge, to support transitions from hospital to their "home" and to enable and promote continuing optimal recovery and function in their home environment.  Occupational therapists have a lot to say about facilitating good transitions!  Let your voice be heard!

Review and respond by May 14, 2019​