Aspects of Medical Self-Discharge

In February 2012, Lancaster University agreed to fund Dr Laura Machin to research aspects of medical self-discharge. Exploring how people make sense and understand medical self-discharge is important, especially given the number of people who discharge themselves each year in the UK. Medical self-discharge can incorporate a range of activities, from patients discharging themselves from hospital despite healthcare professional advising against this, to people checked-in at A&E departments and leaving without being seen by a healthcare professional.

Laura is now wishing to recruit participants to the project.

Get Involved

Have you discharged yourself from hospital? Or are you a hospital manager or health professional who is interested in, or has experience of, patients discharging themselves?

If so, I would like to hear about your experiences of medical self-discharge.

Your interview would:

  • take place on a date/time convenient for you
  • be conducted in person or over the phone
  • last up to an hour
  • be tape-recorded with your permission
  • be confidential

Please contact Dr Laura Machin: | 01524 594 973

The project is funded until July 2014.


Ethics Approval

In February 2013, ethics approval was granted from Lancaster NHS Research Ethics Committee.

Approval has been given from the Research and Development Offices at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

  • There are no incentives or direct benefits to taking part in this study.
  • Reasonable travel expenses would be reimbursed if necessary.
  • Your medical records would not be accessed for this study.
  • The study is funded by Lancaster University.

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