Evaluation of the risks and benefits of early postpartum discharge - systematic review

Conseil d'Evaluation des Technologies de la Sante du Quebec
Record ID 31998008690
English, French
Authors' objectives:

The chief objective of this report is to evaluate the effects of early postpartum discharge on maternal and neonatal outcomes and readmissions. It also examines its effects on screening for metabolic diseases of the newborn, the duration and quality of breast-feeding, and patient satisfaction. The study looks at the economic implication of shorter lengths of stay, and describes the current situation in Quebec.

Authors' recommendations: The report points out that there are no conclusive data as to whether or not early discharge may pose a risk to maternal and neonatal health. The Conseil stresses the importance of clearly defining the parameters of a safe early discharge programme, and suggests approaches for better identifying and assessing early discharge as practised in Quebec.
Authors' methods: Review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1997
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Length of Stay
  • Maternal-Child Nursing
  • Patient Discharge
  • Patient Readmission
  • Postnatal Care
Organisation Name: Conseil d'Evaluation des Technologies de la Santé du Québec
Contact Address: Conseil d'Evaluation des Technologies de la Santé du Québec, 2021, avenue Union, #1040, Montréal, Québec H3A S29, Canada. Tel: 514-873-2563; FAX: 514-873-1369
Contact Name: aetmis@aetmis.gouv.qc.ca
Contact Email: aetmis@aetmis.gouv.qc.ca
Copyright: Conseil d'Evaluation des Technologies de la Sante du Quebec (CETS)
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