Understanding care closer to home for ill children and young people

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Aim: To gather evidence to support the implementation of standard six of the National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services (Department of Health and Department for Education and Skills 2004), which states that care should be provided as close to home as possible.

Methods: A mixed methods study comprising of a systematic review, a national survey of provision of care closer to home (CCTH), four in-depth, qualitative case studies and a cost analysis.

Findings: The systematic review suggests that CCTH is no less clinically effective than hospital care. Services identified by the survey fall into three distinct models of provision. Case study data show that families preferred CCTH, but staff face difficulties at organisational and practice levels. Cost analysis suggests there can be cost savings with CCTH, but several factors influence these.

Conclusion: CCTH may be an effective and feasible option for children and young people who are ill.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-34
Number of pages6
JournalNursing Children and Young People
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • ill children and young people
  • care closer to home
  • nursing
  • community care
  • health care
  • health services issues

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