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Letters Preventing admission of older people

A proactive and integrated approach works in caring for older people

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 11 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3723
  1. Phil Taylor, general practitioner1
  1. 1Axminster Medical Practice, Axminster EX13 7RA, UK
  1. philtaylor{at}

D’Souza and Guptha rightly suggest that reducing beds for older people is not well evidenced policy.1 Their own use of evidence is somewhat selective—for example, quoting Purdy’s King’s Fund 2010 report in support of their case but ignoring her clear statement in favour of hospital at home schemes.2

Many attempts to case manage in …

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