Hospital beds : A primer for counting and comparing

Wilson, Andrew J., FitzGerald, Gerard J., & Mahon, Susan (2010) Hospital beds : A primer for counting and comparing. Medical Journal of Australia, 193(5), pp. 302-304.

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There is considerable public, political and professional debate about the need for additional hospital beds in Australia. However, there is no clarity in regard to the definition, meaning and significance of hospital bed counts. Relative to population, there has been a total decline in bed availability in Australia over the past 15 years of 14.6% (22.9% for public hospital beds). This decline is partly offset by reductions in length of stay and changes to models of care; however, the net effect is increased bed occupancy which has in turn resulted in system-wide congestion. Future bed capability needs to be better planned to meet growing demands while at the same time continuing trends for more efficient use. Future planning should be based in part on weighted bed capability matched to need.

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ID Code: 37813
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: hospital beds, bed capacity, hospital infrastructure, health resources
ISSN: 0025-729X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Australasian Medical Publishing Company Ltd
Deposited On: 18 Oct 2010 21:51
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:22

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