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An evaluation of an alternative to long-stay hospital care for frail elderly patients: Part 2. Costs and effectiveness

Challis, David J., Darton, Robin, Johnson, Lynne, Stone, Malcolm, Traske, Karen (1991) An evaluation of an alternative to long-stay hospital care for frail elderly patients: Part 2. Costs and effectiveness. Age and Ageing, 20 (4). pp. 245-254. ISSN 0002-0729. (doi:10.1093/ageing/20.4.245) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This paper provides the main findings of an evaluation of a service to provide alternative care at home for patients receiving long-stay hospital care. Elderly people receiving the service were compared with a group of similar patients in an adjacent health district. The paper presents data on length of time at home and in hospital, changes in quality of life and care of elderly people, and effects upon informal carers for the two groups. Elderly people receiving community-based care had a higher quality of life, and there was no evidence of greater stress upon their carers. The community-based service, although it involved extra costs to the social services department, had lower costs for the health service and society as a whole than long-stay hospital provision. It is concluded that the model of care can effectively integrate the new approach of case management into an existing geriatric multidisciplinary team.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/ageing/20.4.245
Uncontrolled keywords: case management community health services frail elderly health services patient care team social welfare social work quality of life stress elderly community interdisciplinary treatment approach hospital care
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
Depositing User: Robin Darton
Date Deposited: 21 May 2011 00:54 UTC
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2019 09:33 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/26722 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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