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Discontinuity of care increases risk for unplanned hospital admissions among elderly patients

Discontinuity of care increases risk for unplanned hospital admissions among elderly patients
November 21, 2017

Read the Perspective from Kevin Biese, MD, MAT, MD, MAT

Discontinuity of care within a general practice led to greater risk for emergency hospital admissions among patients older than 65 years, according to findings recently published in Annals of Family Medicine.

“Secondary health care services have been under considerable pressure in England as attendance rates increase, resulting in longer waiting times and demands on staff. Evidence suggests that many patients presenting for unscheduled secondary care could be managed in primary care,” Peter Tammes, PhD, MA, senior research associate at the University of Bristol Centre for Academic Primary Care in England, told Healio Family Medicine. “Our aim was to examine the association between continuity of care and risk of emergency hospital admission among older patients.”

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