Reduced mortality in treating acutely sick, frail older patients in a geriatric evaluation and management unit: a prospective randomized trial

I. Saltvedt, E. S. Opdahl, Peter Fayers, S. Kaasa, O. Sletvold

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Documentation of treatment effects in acutely sick frail older patients in geriatric evaluation and management units (GEMUs) is scarce. The present study evaluated whether treatment in a GEMU would reduce mortality as compared to traditional treatment delivered in the Department of Internal Medicine.

DESIGN: Prospective randomized trial.

SETTING: GEMU or general medical ward

PARTICIPANTS: Acutely sick frail patients aged 75 and older who had been admitted to the Department of Internal Medicine were randomly assigned to treatment in the GEMU (n = 127) or to the general medical wards (n = 127). The following inclusion criteria were used to target frail patients: chronic disability, acute impairment of single activity of daily living, mild/moderate dementia, confusion, depression, imbalance/dizziness, falls, impaired mobility, urinary incontinence, malnutrition, polypharmacy, vision or hearing impairment, social problems, or prolonged bedrest.

INTERVENTION: in the GEMU, the treatment strategy emphasized interdisciplinary assessment of all relevant disorders, prevention of complications and iatrogenic conditions, early mobilization/rehabilitation, and comprehensive discharge planning. The control group received treatment as usual from the Department of Internal Medicine. After discharge neither group received specific follow-up.

MEASUREMENTS: Mortality and causes of death.

RESULTS: Mortality in the intervention and control groups, respectively, was 12% and 27% at 3 months (P = .004), 16% and 29% (P = .02) at 6 months, and 28% and 34% (P = .06) at 12 months. The hazard ratio was 0.39 (95% confidence interval = 0.21-0.72) at 3 months. The main cause of death was cardiovascular disease. CONCLUSION: Treatment Of acutely sick, frail, older patients in a GEMU substantially reduced mortality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)792-798
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume50
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Keywords

  • geriatrics
  • acute care
  • frail
  • hospital
  • mortality
  • FUNCTIONAL OUTCOMES
  • MEDICAL UNIT
  • TARGETING CRITERIA
  • CLINICAL-TRIAL
  • ACUTE-CARE
  • HOSPITALIZATION
  • PREDICTORS
  • SERVICE
  • ILLNESS

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Reduced mortality in treating acutely sick, frail older patients in a geriatric evaluation and management unit: a prospective randomized trial. / Saltvedt, I.; Opdahl, E. S.; Fayers, Peter; Kaasa, S.; Sletvold, O.

In: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Vol. 50, 2002, p. 792-798.

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