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Medical day hospital care for older people versus alternative forms of care (Cochrane review)

International Literature

posted by WM Admin on 2015-06-26 10:01:53.441

"Medical day hospitals provide multidisciplinary health services to older people in one location". In this Cochrane review, the authors investigated their effectiveness in preventing death, disability, institutionalisation and improving subjective health status.

Sixteen randomised and quasi-randomised trials "... compared day hospitals with comprehensive care (five trials), domiciliary care (seven trials) or no comprehensive care (four trials)". 

The authors conclude from their analysis that "there is low quality evidence that medical day hospitals appear effective compared to no comprehensive care for the combined outcome of death or poor outcome, and for deterioration in [activities of daily living ]. There is no clear evidence for other outcomes, or an advantage over other medical care provision".

This article can be read in free full text at:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD001730.pub3

Brown L, Forster A, Young J, Crocker T, Benham A, Langhorne P, Day Hospital Group. (2015). Medical day hospital care for older people versus alternative forms of care. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 6, CD001730.