The Day Hospital: Analysis of Results, Costs and Management of Pneumology Resources

Francesc Cots, Jaume Raventòs, Pilar Ausín, Pietro Chiarello, Eva Balcells, Xavier Castells, Joaquim Gea

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Background: Day hospital units specialized in pulmonology are a relatively new instrument for providing care to complex respiratory patients. However, the number of studies focused on the efficacy and efficiency of day hospitals is scarce. Aim: Therefore, the aim of the present study was to analyze the effects of implementing a specialized respiratory day hospital in a standard teaching hospital with 500 beds. Methods: An analysis of efficacy, efficiency and quality care. Results: Throughout the study period (2 years) the day hospital progressively increased its activity. Although patient pressure on the emergency department remained constant, this was associated with a parallel increase in the overall medical activity of the Pulmonology Department and a reduction in the number of discharges from the hospital. There was a reduction in the number of admissions, and consequently in the need for beds in the Pulmonology Department. The complexity of the hospitalized patients increased, although the efficiency (standard functioning ratio) and quality (readmissions and mortality) of patient care remained stable. Conclusion: Day hospital pulmonology units are a useful tool in the management of respiratory patient care. They reduce the need for hospitalizations, while maintaining healthcare quality and complementing other care management instruments. © 2012 SEPAR.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-62
JournalArchivos de Bronconeumologia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Day hospital
  • Efficiency
  • Hospital management


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