Do Geriatric Programs Decrease Long‐Term Use of Acute Care Beds?

Christopher D. Brymer, Catherine A. Kohm, Gary Naglie, Lorie Shekter‐Wolfson, Marissa L. Zorzitto, Keith O'Rourke, James L. Kirkland

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OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the introduction of coordinated geriatric and discharge planning services at teaching and community hospitals in Toronto has changed the number of beds occupied by patients awaiting transfer to long‐term care institutions. DESIGN: Retrospective review of social work records for the period 1985–1992. SETTING: Two tertiary and four primary acute care hospitals in Metropolitan Toronto. PARTICIPANTS: Hospitals were matched for location, acuity, and teaching affiliation. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The numbers of beds occupied by patients awaiting transfer to nursing homes or chronic care hospitals were noted. RESULTS: In those teaching and community hospitals that had introduced coordinated geriatric and discharge planning services, there was a reduction in the percentage of beds occupied by patients awaiting long‐term care placement (average −51%), whereas in hospitals without geriatric services, the percentage of beds occupied by patients awaiting long‐term care placement increased (average +25%) (P = .05 by Fisher's exact method, 95% confidence limit odds ratio 0, .9999). CONCLUSION: The introduction of coordinated geriatric and discharge planning services was associated with a decrease in the percentage of beds occupied by patients awaiting long‐term care in both teaching and community hospitals. J Am Geriatr Soc 43:885–889, 1995. 1995 The American Geriatrics Society

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)885-889
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume43
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1995

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  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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    Brymer, C. D., Kohm, C. A., Naglie, G., Shekter‐Wolfson, L., Zorzitto, M. L., O'Rourke, K., & Kirkland, J. L. (1995). Do Geriatric Programs Decrease Long‐Term Use of Acute Care Beds? Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 43(8), 885-889. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.1995.tb05531.x