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US scheme prevents some hospital admissions

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 07 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:808
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    The final UK evaluation of a US designed system to manage the care of vulnerable elderly people says that care has improved and the project will continue.

    However, it may take more than a year for the Evercare programme to reduce the number of unnecessary hospital admissions, says the final report, which was commissioned by the Department of Health from UnitedHealth Europe, the company that piloted the programme together with nine NHS primary care trusts in England over 17 months. The pilots covered 1333 patients.

    The Evercare programme identifies vulnerable elderly patients, who are then allocated to an advanced practice nurse who manages their cases and coordinates all aspects of the patients' care, working with GPs, geriatricians, each patient's family, and social services. The nurse also advises patients in managing their own care.

    The report, published last week, looks at the initial outcome of the pilot scheme, which was introduced into the trusts from …

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