ANCHOR LEAD: HAVING NURSES OR OTHERS HELP MANAGE MEDICAL CARE ISN’T AS HELPFUL AS ONE MIGHT THINK, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Patient education and monitoring helps keep older people out of the hospital and reduces costs, right? Maybe not, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concludes. Michelle Bellantoni, says this study of multiple centers did reveal two areas where interventions helped.
BELLANTONI: Two centers were successful- one, in person education, one on one education particularly regarding medication use, and the second center there was very strong coordination with local hospitals, and we all know that when an individual is leaving the hospital it’s a very high risk time for their health. They’ve just been ill and significantly ill these days to be in the hospital. Changes have occurred in their medical regimen and reinforcement of those changes needs to take place. :30
Bellantoni says people should expect to have this kind of care coordination happen more often as factors that make it successful are identified. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.