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From gut feeling to evidence base: drivers and barriers to the development of health care for older people 

From gut feeling to evidence base: drivers and barriers to the development of health care for older people
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From gut feeling to evidence base: drivers and barriers to the development of health care for older people
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Paul V. Knight

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199689644.003.0001
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date: 23 October 2019

Key points

Major advances in medicine, policy, and services for older people have been made over the past fifty years.

The numbers of older people in the UK and elsewhere are increasing and will continue to do so.

This increase has concomitant sociological, medical, and economic challenges that need to be met because they affect the provision of services at all levels.

These challenges are occurring at a time when resources are becoming scarcer and budgets shrinking.

Governments are faced with orchestrating infrastructure and policy in this demanding and complex scenario.

Managers are attempting to do more with less.

Clinicians and other medical professionals are trying to base treatments on sound evidence-based strategies.

There is recognition of the need to include older people and the general public in these processes.

Research may provide us with information that can help resolve these problems.

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