Urban hypothermia

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7023.124a (Published 13 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:124

Many elderly people cannot keep warm in winter without financial hardship

  1. Rosemary Morgan,
  2. Debra King,
  3. Alistair Blair
  1. Senior registrar Department of Geriatric Medicine, Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, Cheshire SK2 7JE
  2. Consultant geriatrician Senior house officer Department of Medicine for the Elderly, Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral, Merseyside L49 5PE

    EDITOR,—L J Hislop and colleagues' finding that patients who were found hypothermic inside their own homes were mainly elderly people who had heating available but were not using it is of great concern.1 We have performed a questionnaire study of domestic heating, in which 200 mentally competent elderly inpatients were interviewed (mean age 82).2 All were admitted to acute geriatric wards last winter. Most patients (138) …

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