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This is another useful contribution to the re-admission debate and has overlaps with some research which I recently published investigating those conditions which had shown the highest rate of increase in elderly (age 75+)admissions in England over the past 12 years (1). Ninety diagnoses/conditions were identified and somewhat unsurprisingly they were mostly linked to conditions with associated co-morbidity.
As has been observed by many others the care of particular groups of older patients is far more multi-factorial than current NHS (and health care in other Western countries) care seems to be delivering.
1. Jones R (2013) Trends in elderly diagnoses: links with multi-morbidity. British Journal of Healthcare Management 19(11): 553-558.
The author provides consultancy to NHS organisations.