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planning

 [plan´ing]
consciously setting forth a scheme to achieve a desired end or goal. The planning phase of the nursing process provides a blueprint for nursing interventions to achieve specified goals. A plan of nursing care includes nursing diagnoses arranged in order of priority, goals or objectives that give direction and purpose to nursing intervention, nursing orders that encompass nursing activities necessary to achieve specified goals, and criteria by which it is possible to evaluate the effectiveness of nursing intervention and the plan of care. In most instances the goals or objectives can be used as outcome criteria for the evaluation phase of the process.

Goals or objectives in the care plan should be stated in behavioral terms, that is, they should describe what the patient will be able to do as a result of nursing interventions. If they are to be useful as criteria for evaluation, they should be measurable and realistic. Nursing orders are the nursing actions and patient activities prescribed by the nurse to achieve the stated goals and objectives.
discharge planning in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as preparation for moving a patient from one level of care to another within or outside the current health care agency. See also discharge planner.
family planning the practice of birth control measures within the context of family values, attitudes, and beliefs; including oral contraceptives, diaphragm, condom, and natural family planning; see also contraception.
family planning, natural methods of avoiding conception without the use of artificial contraceptive means; see discussion under contraception. Called also fertility awareness methods.
family planning: contraception in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as facilitation of pregnancy prevention by providing information about the physiology of reproduction and methods to control conception. See also contraception.
family planning: infertility in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as management, education, and support of the patient and significant other undergoing evaluation and treatment for infertility.
family planning: unplanned pregnancy in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as facilitation of decision making regarding pregnancy outcome.

discharge planning1

the activities that facilitate a patient's movement from one health care setting to another, or to home. It is a multidisciplinary process involving physicians, nurses, social workers, and possibly other health professionals; its goal is to enhance continuity of care. It begins on admission.

discharge planning2

a nursing intervention from the Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) defined as preparation for moving a patient from one level of care to another within or outside the current health care agency. See also Nursing Interventions Classification.

dis·charge plan·ning

(dis'chahrj plan'ing)
nursing Interdisplinary, collaborative process that involves evaluating patients' needs and developing and implementing a comprehensive plan for continuing, follow-up, or rehabilitation care.

discharge planning

Any strategy used to facilitate outpatient care for someone currently receiving inpatient health services. It may include the identification of the proposed date of hospital discharge, a program for the use of professional, institutional, or familial home health services, a review of the appropriate use of prescriptions and their side effects, instructions for the use of durable medical equipment, and a list of appointments for follow-up care.
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A future consideration would be to compare adherence rates for the COPD discharge planning guide between the current paper format and future electronic format when available.
The future goals of the discharge planning program are to have more immediate housing placements available for inmates upon their release from incarceration.
Discharge planning is a routine feature of health systems in many countries.
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When discharge planning is fragmented and haphazard, it increases the time that the patient spends in the hospital.
Certainly no one would argue that discharge planning is not an important component of efforts to prevent readmissions, but it's reasonable to question whether the current performance mea sure is able to differentiate between good planning and nominal planning.
This may reflect a system failure in this department or poor education of the medical team in discharge planning practices.
Of the physical therapists that we surveyed, 54% rated "the ability to transfer and ambulate" as the most important factor in discharge planning.
There are competencies in eight categories of crucial knowledge: communication (including the ability to discuss advance directives and other legal issues with patients and their families); physiological and psychological changes in older adults; pain, particularly among patients with dementia; skin integrity; functional status; urinary incontinence; nutrition and hydration; elder abuse; and discharge planning.
For those who may be involved in establishing the RT role in discharge planning, the chapter reprints relevant aspects of the AARC and ATS position statements on home care, plus a flowchart demonstrating the logical steps in the discharge planning process.
Discharge planning is probably the most important factor in preventing headache disability and rebound relapse, said Dr.

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