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Gerontologist. 1989 Jun;29(3):336-40.

Comprehensive geriatric care in a day hospital: a demonstration of the British model in the United States.


A geriatric day hospital (GDH) was developed in a community hospital to meet the complex medical and social needs of the frail elderly. A review of medical records (n = 273) and interviews with referring physicians (n = 42 on 96 patients) revealed that the GDH provided intensive outpatient care, geriatric assessment, rehabilitation, and an alternative to hospitalization. In all, 21% of physician-referred patients would have been hospitalized without the GDH, 7% would have had longer hospital stays, and care would have been deferred for 18%.

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