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Medical day hospital care for the elderly versus alternative forms of care

Forster A, Young J, Lambley R, Langhorne P
Published Online: 
21 January 2009

Geriatric day hospitals are an important component of elderly care designed to assist with in-hospital services. They are out-patient facilities where older patients attend for a full or near full day and receive multidisciplinary rehabilitation in a health care setting. Thirteen trials involving 3007 participants were included in this review, and results show that attendance at a day hospital offers benefits over no treatment including improved activities of daily living and decreased use of hospital beds. There appears to be little advantage of medical day hospital when compared to other forms of comprehensive elderly services.