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BACKGROUND Optimal care for frail elderly patients depends on comprehensive assessment. This is especially true in the complex setting of interdisciplinary home care programs. To facilitate comprehensive assessment, as well as to generate a useful, policy-relevant patient database, standardized, multidimensional, and validated instruments are very helpful.(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the impact of a new assessment system, the Minimum Data Set for Home Care (MDS-HC), on the functional status and hospitalization rates of frail, community-dwelling older people. DESIGN Single-blind randomized trial with 1-year follow-up. SETTING Bergamo, Italy. PARTICIPANTS All 187 subjects who were eligible for home care(More)
INTRODUCTION In recent years the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) methodology has often been used by international or national health authorities, or scientific societies, for developing evidence-based treatment recommendations. However, the GRADE approach has never been used by practicing physicians who aim at(More)
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