Reduction in hospital readmission stay of elderly patients by a community based hospital discharge scheme: a randomised controlled trial.

@article{Townsend1988ReductionIH,
  title={Reduction in hospital readmission stay of elderly patients by a community based hospital discharge scheme: a randomised controlled trial.},
  author={Jan J. Townsend and Mary Piper and Andrew O. Frank and Simon Dyer and Warner North and Tom W. Meade},
  journal={BMJ},
  year={1988},
  volume={297 6647},
  pages={544-7}
}
STUDY OBJECTIVE To compare a community support scheme using care attendants with standard aftercare for their effects on independence and morale of elderly patients discharged from hospital and on their use of health and social services. DESIGN Randomised controlled study of cohort of patients over 75 discharged to their own homes. SETTING District general hospital and community. PATIENTS Total of 903 patients (mean age 82, 25% over 85). INTERVENTIONS Total of 464 patients received… CONTINUE READING

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