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Home Health Patient Assessment Tools

This resource was developed by AHRQ as part of its Public Health Emergency Preparedness program, which was discontinued on June 30, 2011. Many of AHRQ's PHEP materials and activities will be supported by other Federal agencies. Notice of transfer to another agency will be posted on this site.

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Preparing for Emergency Triage

Approximately 7.6 million individuals receive care in their home from 17,000 home care providers because of acute illness, long-term care conditions, permanent disability, or terminal illness. During a mass casualty event, these community-dwelling patients could experience disruption of needed support services. Depending on the level of their needs, a disruption of care/services could lead to patient decompensation and increased reliance on acute care services, including emergency medical systems and hospital emergency departments already stretched thin by the disaster situation.

The model Community-Living Patient Assessment Tool for Disaster Planning included in this report rates the risk status of community-based patients in the event of a disaster. The goal for the tool is for home health agencies and others to be able to identify and estimate the number of individuals/patients who would be most at risk for hospitalization if their home supports and services were disrupted during an emergency. With this information, emergency planners could begin to anticipate and prepare for this additional surge demand.

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Prepared by:
Abt Associates

Lead Investigators:
Richard Zane, MD
Paul Biddinger, MD


Background and Introduction
   Standardize Risk Levels
   Standardize Risk Categories Using Commonly Available Data
   Incorporate Caregiver Availability
   Electronic Data
Community-Living Patient Assessment Tool for Disaster Planning

Funding to support Home Health Patient Assessment Tools: Preparing for Emergency Triage was provided by an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality contract to Abt Associates (contract no. 290-02-0600-011).

The authors of this report are responsible for its content. No statement in the report should be construed as an official position of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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AHRQ Publication No. 11-M020-EF
Current as March 2011

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