This single center trial randomized elderly (age >75) inpatients to usual care, or to a team which specialized in the care of the elderly; those in the latter group were less likely to experience adverse events (10% vs 17%) and had shorter LOS (by 0.8 days). There was no difference in readmission rates (abstract). Another study of an inpatient elderly multidisciplinary care unit found that the unit was associated with reduced direct costs, and reduced 30 day readmission rates (8% vs 13%) (abstract). These types of specialty geriatric teams seem to improve outcomes for elderly inpatients
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.