Homesickness and wellbeing of hospitalised children
The overall aim of the study is to understand the experience of homesickness in hospitalised children. The study also aims to understand the financial and non-financial burden to the family of having a child in hospital.
We conducted an evaluation of Length of Stay (LoS) for all paediatric hospitalisations, exploring frequency, characteristics, and associated childhood conditions. We found that the majority of paediatric hospitalisations are for short stay and require programs that target acute conditions that can be managed in primary care. Interventions such as care coordination, tailored models of care, and enhanced outpatient/community treatment programs for high-risk groups will help reduce extended LoS and improve child health and well-being.
Schneuer, F. J., Demetriou, E., Bond, D., Lain, S. J., Guastella, A. J., & Nassar, N. (2023). Child characteristics and health conditions associated with paediatric hospitalisations and length of stay: a population-based study. The Lancet Regional Health–Western Pacific, 32.