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What is intermediate care?: More than a health service term

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 16 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:686
  1. Jill Manthorpe, professor of social work (,
  2. Michelle Cornes, research fellow
  1. Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College, London SE1 9NN
  2. Department of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire PR1 2HE

    EDITOR—Any search for clarity or consensus on the meaning of intermediate care, as discussed by Melis et al,1 is doomed to end in disagreement and disappointment. Much of the confusion stems from misunderstanding it as a medical intervention.

    Intermediate care is a function or form of …

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