What do you see as the main differences between an inpatient care plan and a discharge plan?

What do you see as the main differences between an inpatient care plan and a discharge plan?

Part I: Referring to the inpatient care plan and discharge plan examples in the module resources, discuss the following:

  • What do you see as the main differences between an inpatient care plan and a discharge plan? What might be included in one but not the other?
  • Which sections of the inpatient care plan and discharge plan might contain the most relevant information for human services professionals and why?

Part II-

In response to your peers, expand on what your classmates highlighted about the different plans and compare that to the information in the case study provided in the Final Project Guidelines and Rubric document.

Response to students in first person

Example. Hi Tiffany, I agree with you. I think the topic is etc.

Student A-Jessica Costa,

Hello Class,

      So when I look at both charts I noticed that the inpatient plan shares the history of the patient and the family history as well and I didn’t noticed that in the discharge plan chart. I also noticed that one chart had the patient’s pills chart where the other chart didn’t have that information (Sackett, 2000). The main difference is that the inpatient care plan is supposed to show the patient’s medical history and their symptoms and all the medicine that they take to help them cope with their health problems. Whereas, the discharge plan is supposed to show how their visit went and what the doctor did that day and make a list of new medication the doctor put them on that visit. A discharge plan is all about what happened throughout your stay at the hospital or visit to the doctor.

       In the inpatient care plan the most relevant information would be the history of present illness. I feel this section has the most relevant information for human services professional because with all that information being presented it could help human services professionals help the patient get better through therapy. As for the discharge plan the section that contains more relevant information would be prior psychiatric disorder. I think when a human services professional reads this section of the discharge plan it could help them with further treatment for this patient (Pfeiffer, Zivin, McCarthy, Valenstein, & Blow, 2012). Why I choose that section of the discharge plan is because it provided a lot of information about the patient and it contain a little bit of family history. I feel it could be important to learn more about the patient history and their family history to see if their symptoms are genetic or not and that could help even more with better treatment to help certain patients.

Thank you for your time!!



  • Pfeiffer, P. N., Zivin, K., McCarthy, J. F., Valenstein, M., & Blow, F. C. (2012). Outpatient follow-up after
  • Sackett, D. (2000). Evidence-based medicine. Churchill Livingstone. Retrieved from

Student B –  Nichole Bryd

There are certainly some differences between a hospital care plan and a discharge plan, but there are some similarities as well. A more comprehensive plan is inpatient care. I see these two types of plans all the time. The inpatient care plan is a plan that will be used when the patient stays at the hospital, all the medical history of the patient, exams performed, and family history etc. will be ready for access. The discharge care plan is the scheme where data about home care is provided to the patient, the patient is sent home with data about their disease that has been handled at the location of care, and data is provided about the measures you need to take. Inpatient care is just more of a comprehensive history to offer direction and helpful data, discharge care is more about how to treat you after you leave the hospital. (Shi & Singh, 2019)

The Human Services department has a lot of appropriate data, but with the discharge plan you need to ensure that the correct care will take place when the patient is sent back. So certainly, referring patients and giving them the care, they need and making sure that after they are home everything is straight for the patient. With inpatient care, I feel that the most appropriate data would be private data because if the patient’s history does not exist, something could go wrong and it would take longer to find out and cause more problems. (Shi & Singh, 2019)

The situation of Ms. J. K, she is older, and it is essential to be able to contact her family in case of an emergency or discharge care with help. A professional in the human service would also be interested in a patient’s psychiatric history and present mental status. For Mr. John Doe, who at the hospital’s arrival was mentally volatile. A professional in the human service should follow up with him on his future plans, particularly as he is an alcoholic and is taking prescribed medication.

Overall, both plans had fields appropriate to a specialist in the human service. It seems to be useful to have access to medical data to assist patients on discharge.

The distinctions between inpatient care plans and discharge plans differ extensively, for example, during the stay or admission to a facility, patient vitalities, laboratory outcomes, medication and diagnostic lists are present, as in a discharge plan, there is more concentrated data on referrals to post-admission stay facilities required. (Shi & Singh, 2019)

These will differ in accordance with the kinds of institutions in which the hospital stays, Mental Health, Hospitals, Rehabilitation. The main objective of both is to ensure that the patient receives the best care while in the facility and after being discharged. (Shi & Singh, 2019)

The most appropriate data would be in the discharge plan for the Human Services department, which is where their services would be most required. Make sure that after they’re home, they’re working as a patient liaison. (Shi & Singh, 2019)


Shi, L., & Singh, D. A. (2019). CHAPTER 7: Outpatient Services and Primary Care & CHAPTER 8: Hospitals. In L. Shi, & D. A. Singh, Essentials of the U.S. Health Care System (p. Chapter 7 & 8). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC, an Ascend Learning Company.