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Letters Preventing admission of older people

Geriatricians can be the lynchpin of integrated care for older people

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 11 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3725
  1. Paul Knight, BGS president1,
  2. Gill Turner, BGS vice president clinical quality1
  1. 1British Geriatrics Society (BGS), London EC1M 4DN, UK
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D’Souza and Guptha argue that frail older people who are unwell need hospital admission for assessment and immediate treatment.1 We agree, but we also believe that active community services achieve more than is suggested.

The King’s Fund review quoted by the authors finds that “hospital at home” services can help to manage the crises that precipitate admissions. …

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