Long-term care preferences of hospitalized persons with AIDS

Wayne C. McCormick, Thomas S. Inui, Richard A. Deyo, Robert W. Wood

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Objective:To determine in a cohort of hospitalized persons with AIDS: 1) their preferences for various postdischarge long-term care settings, 2) the postdischarge settings recommended by primary care providers (doctors, nurses, and social workers), and 3) the impact of these views on the resulting discharge dispositions. Design:Prospective cohort study. Setting:Medical wards of five Seattle tertiary care hospitals. Participants:120 consecutive hospitalized persons with AIDS and their primary care providers. Measurements and main results:Although 70 (58%) of the patients found care in an AIDS long-term care facility acceptable, 87 (73%) preferred home care. Thirty-eight (32%) of the cohort were appropriate for long-term care after hospitalization, according to primary care providers. Eleven of the 38 patients deemed appropriate for long-term care were discharged to long-term care settings; among these, three had preferred home care. Likelihood of discharge to long-term care settings increased if patients found it acceptable (OR=7.1; 95% CI=3.2, 15.5), if they did not prefer home care (OR=7.7; 95% CI=4.7, 13.5), and if providers judged them to be appropriate for long-term care (OR=29; 95% CI=13, 64). In unstructured interviews, availability of emotional and medical support and privacy emerged as important factors to persons with AIDS considering long-term care. Conclusions:Hospitalized persons with AIDS willingly express their desires for various postdischarge care settings. A majority find long-term care in AIDS facilities acceptable, although they generally prefer home care. Discharge disposition is associated with acceptability, preference, and appropriateness for long-term care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)524-528
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of general internal medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • AIDS
  • acceptability of health care
  • discharge planning
  • long-term care
  • patient preferences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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