Objective: The review identifies current research, issues and gaps in knowledge of older people being readmitted to hospital. The review highlights the need for qualitative work that values the perspective of the older person employing a person centred approach to the research. Context: The literature review was conducted as part of a small qualitative descriptive study of the older person's experience of readmission to the acute care setting. The study informs the work of a Bachelor of Nursing Honours project. Conclusions and Recommendations: There is a lack of comparable data related to the reasons for readmission or the impact that it has on health services or patient outcomes. The paucity of research that considers the older person's experience of this phenomenon indicates the need for further work in this area.
HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives Vol. 2, Issue 1, p. 2-6