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Evidence is weak for case management for the elderly

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7478.1306-c (Published 02 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1306
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Limited evidence exists for the effectiveness of case management—a process of planning, coordinating, managing, and reviewing the care of an individual across different services—for older people, and the NHS should proceed with caution before introducing any particular model based on this approach, warned a report published this week.

    The report found little evidence from available research studies that case management reduced hospital admissions or that it was cost effective.

    The authors, from the King's Fund, a charitable foundation doing healthcare policy research, cautioned against the NHS adopting any single approach to case management, which is currently being developed across the service as part …

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