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Australas J Ageing. 2010 Dec;29(4):150-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2010.00418.x.

Transfers from residential aged care facilities to the emergency department are reduced through improved primary care services: an intervention study.

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South Metropolitan Area Health Service, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.



  To assess the impact of an enhanced primary care service for residential aged care facilities (RACF) on the transfer of patients from RACF to a hospital emergency department (ED).


  A before-after study of an enhanced primary care service provided by experienced ED-based nurses under the governance of general practitioners. The intervention was analysed comparatively using standardised normal deviates and seasonal autoregressive integrated moving average models, complemented by qualitative assessment.


  There was a statistically significant reduction (17%, P < 0.001) in the number of transfers during the intervention period. This finding held when adjusting for the seasonality of ED referrals over a 4-year period. The intervention was highly valued by clinicians in RACF and ED.


  Enhanced primary care services reduce the number of transfers to ED from RACF.

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