Medical Practice

Geriatric Patients: Do Their Families Care?

Br Med J 1971; 4 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5782.282 (Published 30 October 1971) Cite this as: Br Med J 1971;4:282
  1. Bernard Isaacs

    Abstract

    A study of the reasons for admission of 280 patients from their own homes to a geriatric unit in the East End of Glasgow showed that in two-thirds of cases patients were admitted primarily because they failed to receive adequate basic care at home (usually because of lack of relatives) or because their relatives suffered undue strain in caring for them. Neglect by relatives played a negligible part in the need for admission.

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