Κατεύθυνση Σχεδιασμός και Διοίκηση Υπηρεσιών ΥγείαςLibrary of the School of Health Sciences
Γιάννης Τούντας, Καθηγητής, Ιατρική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ
Μαρία Κατζανού, Επίκουρη Καθηγήτρια, Ιατρική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ
Βασιλική Μπενέτου, Αναπληρώτρια Καθηγήτρια, Ιατρική Σχολή, ΕΚΠΑ
Οι κοινωνικές και οικονομικές διαστάσεις της κατ' οίκον νοσηλείας
The social and economic dimensions of home care
Home care services comprise an alternative mode of offering nursing services to a patient, instead of receiving standard hospital services and constitutes a rapidly expanding field during the last decades around the world. Implementation of home care structures within the National Health Systems of different countries has been combined with promising results, in terms with the degree of patient satisfaction and improvement in quality of life. This particular concept requires collaboration between different categories of health professionals, including doctors, health visitors, nurses and others, depending always upon the degree of severity of a particular clinical case. Furthermore, administration of home care services seems to be associated with decongestion of specific hospital structures, resulting in a significant decrease in nursing expenses for patient hospitalization.
Implementation of home care services in Greece is currently underway mainly from private sector companies, making establishment of a fully-functional legislative framework an imperative need. The role of the community nursing staff needs to be further highlighted, in order to properly exert its multitask responsibilities.
The aim of the current thesis was description of home care services around the world, through description of different home care models and presentation of differences resulting from the structure of a National Health System of a given country. In addition to that, a thorough description of the role of community nurse, together with the current existing situation in Greece was resented, followed by specific suggestions in terms of improving further the current situation.
Main subject category:
Home care, Community nursing staff, Home care models