Lunch & Learn Supported by Laerdal Medical
Early discharges among people who use drugs: Opportunities to improve and prevent “against medical advice” discharges
Featuring Dr. Sara Ling (MN 2014, PhD 2022)
Thursday, March 17, 2022
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Zoom details will be sent to registrants
Early discharges, also known as against medical advice (AMA) discharges, often result in negative outcomes for patients and are costly to the healthcare system. People who use drugs are overrepresented among those who experience early discharges from acute care hospitals. This talk explores some of the precipitants to early discharge among people who use drugs and explores how early or “AMA” discharges could be prevented and improved. This talk will also cover key findings from Dr. Ling’s doctoral research exploring predictors of and reasons for early discharges among people receiving inpatient withdrawal management.
Dr. Sara Ling completed a Master of Nursing with a Collaborative Specialization in Addictions Studies in 2014 and a PhD in 2022 at the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. Dr. Ling currently works as an Advanced Practice Clinical Leader at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), where she provides clinical leadership support to the inpatient addictions services. She has worked at CAMH in direct care and leadership roles for the past 12 years. Her clinical and research interests include withdrawal management, care of people who use drugs, and sex and gender based analyses.