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Evidence to Improve Care

Transitions Between Hospital and Home

Care for People of All Ages


The following quality standard addresses care for people of all ages transitioning (moving) between hospital and home after a hospital admission. The transition from hospital to home is commonly referred to as a “hospital discharge.”

This quality standard focuses on people who have been admitted as inpatients to any type of hospital, including complex continuing care facilities and rehabilitation hospitals.

In early 2018, Health Quality Ontario asked Ontarians about their transitions from hospital to home. Over 600 patients and caregivers shared their stories with us – some of success and others about the gaps in care they experienced. We heard simple stories, moving stories, and stories that were complex (see our report on these stories here).

What we heard was only the beginning.

Next, we wanted to understand what parts of transitions back home are most important to Ontarians. What should be priorities when it comes to improving transitions in care?

Later in 2018, we asked once again and you responded.

This is what we learned.

Read the report

Thank you to Dr. Tara Kiran at St. Michael's Hospital and the 600+ patients and caregivers who shared their experiences transitioning from hospital to home. This work has informed the development of a quality standard for Transitions Between Hospital and Home.

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