Older people and hospitals

Finding alternatives to hospital for older people is not the answer

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f883 (Published 13 February 2013)
Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f883

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  1. Edmund J Dunstan, consultant geriatrician and physician1
  1. 1West Heath Hospital, Birmingham B38 8HR, UK
  1. Edmund.Dunstan{at}nhs.net

David Nicholson’s views on the use of hospitals by frail older people suggest disturbing ignorance.1 Frail older people, including those with dementia, may well benefit from diagnosis and treatment in hospital and are likely to need these because of their multiple diseases. A minority of …

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