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Health and social care services for older people: achievements, challenges, and future directions 

Health and social care services for older people: achievements, challenges, and future directions
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Health and social care services for older people: achievements, challenges, and future directions
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Roger Beech

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199689644.003.0003
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date: 22 August 2019

Key points

The ageing of the population will increase patient demands for acute hospital beds, a scarce and expensive resource.

Health and social care service options delivered ‘closer to home’ can improve patient care and reduce older people’s demands for acute hospital beds by preventing acute events and providing an alternative.

The growth of such service options has created a more complex health and social care landscape.

Therefore, to improve the patient experience and to ensure their timely access to appropriate care, innovations for improving the integration of services for health and social care need to be developed and evaluated.

Further increasing the evidence base about care closer-to-home service options and ways of improving their integration represents a shared agenda for service commissioners, providers, and academics.

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