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Volume 51, Number 7
July 2022

Hospital-at-home (HaH) programmes are well described in the literature but not in Asia.

A recent study shines the spotlight on home-based inpatient care in Singapore, and presents clinical and patient-reported outcomes. It reveals that HaH programmes appear to be safe and feasible alternatives to inpatient care, with high patient satisfaction rates.

Comparative research on clinical and cost effectiveness, together with qualitative studies to seek patient and caregiver perspectives, can help in policymaking as the population ages and demand on hospitals increases.

Illustration by Ashley Ting

Treating patients at home: A novel solution for old problems

Hospital-at-home (HaH) programmes deliver hospital-type treatments to patients located in their own homes, often in substitution for an acute inpatient admission or to support...

Bridging electroconvulsive therapy in schizophrenia with cognition and quality of life

Schizophrenia is one of the most debilitating severe mental illnesses with significant impact,1 irrespective of culture or socioeconomic class.2 Over the decades, antipsychotic medication...

Treating acutely ill patients at home: Data from Singapore

Inpatient hospitalisation is the conventional strategy to care for acutely ill patients. However, demand for hospital beds and clinical manpower is escalating as populations...

Effects of electroconvulsive therapy on cognition and quality of life in schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder with a profound impact on patients, their families, caregivers and society. The global prevalence of lifetime schizophrenia is...

Prevalence of burnout among healthcare professionals in Singapore

Burnout was first described in 1974 by Herbert Freudenberger, where he discussed the concept based on physical signs, behavioural indicators, judgment, emotional factors, and...

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