A systematic review of nurse-assisted case management to improve hospital discharge transition outcomes for the elderly
(2007). A systematic review of nurse-assisted case management to improve hospital discharge transition outcomes for the elderly. Professional Case Management, 12(6), pp.330-336.
This article reviews 15 clinical trials of nurse-assisted case management intended to improve post-hospital transitions of elderly patients to other settings. The trials were selected after a systematic search of the PubMed database for the period 1996 to 2006. Eight of the 15 interventions showed reduced hospital readmission rates and/or fewer hospital days. These findings were observed across patients with "all cause" and heart failure, a variety of hospital types, and variations in the intervention. Reductions in the use of emergency departments were observed in 3 of the 11 studies investigating this. Lower expenditures were reported by all 6 studies reporting such comparisons (abstract from: http://www.nursingcenter.com/library/JournalArticle.asp?Article_ID=755318).
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