Specialized Care for Older Hospitalized Adults as a Palliative Care Intervention

Hospitals are dangerous places for older adults.   Nearly a third of hospitalized older adults are discharged with a new major functional disability they didn't have before becoming to the hospital. They are also at greater risk for being unable to return home, to require nursing home placement, and to be rehospitalized within 6 months.  Moreover, having delirium in the hospital is even worse, as it is associated with an even greater risk of long term cognitive impairment, institutionalization, and death compared with those who don't develop delirium.  (english only)
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