Letters

Continuing rise in emergency admissions

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7052.302 (Published 03 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:302

Visiting elderly patients at home immediately after discharge reduces emergency readmissions

  1. Joy Townsend,
  2. Andrew Frank,
  3. Mary Piper
  1. Director Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield AL10 9AB
  2. Consultant in rehabilitation medicine Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow HA1 3UJ
  3. Acting health strategy and policy adviser Directorate of Health Care, HM Prison Service, London SW1P 4LN

    EDITOR,—Simon Capewell suggests various reasons for the rising tide of emergency admissions to hospital, including increased multiple readmissions and decreased support for elderly people in the community.1 We wish to draw attention to our research into readmission and support on discharge for elderly people.

    We evaluated a community based hospital discharge scheme for people aged over 75 and followed up 903 patients for 18 months in a randomised controlled trial; half of the patients received care under this scheme and half received standard discharge care.2 The …

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