I am working on an operations issue. We process patients in care and pay close attention to their discharge rate, which is more or less calculated as an incidence rate (discharges per 100 patients). We also pay close attention to the length of stay of patients in their facilities.
I don't have a clear understanding of the relationship between survival time and discharge rate. That is, if we have a target discharge rate, what is the ideal median or average length of stay to achieve that target? It is easier at an operational level for the facilities to reduce length of stay than focus on how many patients are discharged. I know this depends on how many individuals their are in the facility at any given time.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.