Contribution from geriatric medicine within acute medical wards.

@article{Burley1979ContributionFG,
  title={Contribution from geriatric medicine within acute medical wards.},
  author={L E Burley and Colin T. Currie and R. G. Smith and J Williamson},
  journal={British Medical Journal},
  year={1979},
  volume={2},
  pages={90 - 92}
}
In 1977 a scheme of attachment to acute medical wards of consultants in geriatric medicine and associated junior medical staff was instituted in a large Edinburgh teaching hospital. The effect on admissions of patients aged 65 and over was examined for comparable periods before and during this arrangement. Mean and median stays were reduced for both sexes but more noticeably for women. The mean stay for all women aged over 65 was reduced from 25 to 16 days and for women aged over 85 from 50 to… 
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