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The interface between Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) and Acute Hospital Care for Australian women living in RACF, and possible variables that influence the interface.


The aim of this research is to investigate the interface between RACF and acute health care facilities (including emergency transfer), and the outcomes of the transfer upon Australian women living in RACF. The study also aims to identify factors that may influence any possible reduction of unnecessary transfers. The study will examine longitudinal data from ALSWH which is linked to external data. This research will provide important evidence that will assist in quality improvement activities, planning and policy development. It will identify opportunities to reduce unnecessary transfer which may consequently reduce potential adverse impacts of transfer that may influence health care service related costs such as transfer, hospitalisation, treatment and medication costs.