Journal Article

Community hospitals and older people

John Young and Katrina Donaldson

in Age and Ageing

Published on behalf of British Geriatrics Society

Volume 30, issue suppl_3, pages 7-10
Published in print August 2001 | ISSN: 0002-0729
Published online August 2001 | e-ISSN: 1468-2834 | DOI:
Community hospitals and older people

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Recent health care policy has promoted the community hospital as one remedy for the contracted district general hospital. Unfortunately, a literature review reveals a weak evidence‐base to support this policy. Although descriptive studies demonstrate the flexible, multi‐purpose role of community hospitals, there is a worrying paucity of clinical outcome studies and no robust health economic evaluation. An important potential role for community hospitals is in the post‐acute care of older people. However, evaluation by randomized trial is required to demonstrate effectiveness and cost effectiveness of community hospital transfer compared to alternatives such as remaining in a district general hospital.

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Subjects: Geriatric Medicine

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