By the end of this section, you should have an understanding of the research evidence underpinning ESD.


Q. How do we know that the benefits outweigh the risks? What is the evidence to support ESD?

A. There is a Cochrane review by the Early Supported Discharge Trialists (Fearon et al., 2012)


Q. What does the review say?

A. The next few pages summarise the review findings.