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ERIC Number: EJ790375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0714-9808
South Winnipeg Integrated Geriatric Program (SWING): A Rapid Community-Response Program for the Frail Elderly
Montgomery, Patrick R.; Fallis, Wendy M.
Canadian Journal on Aging, v22 n3 p275-281 Fall 2003
The objective of this study was to compare enhanced access to geriatric assessment and case management to usual home care service provision for the frail elderly. This was a demonstration project, with randomized allocation to control or intervention groups of frail elderly persons who had been referred to the Home Care service in Winnipeg. Of the 164 persons who were randomized, 78 intervention and 74 control patients were evaluated. Intervention subjects received a multidimensional assessment as soon as possible by a specially trained coordinator, who had enhanced access to geriatric medical and day-hospital services; intervention patients were case managed for a 3-month period. Control cases received usual care from home care coordinators. The intervention group received significantly faster assessment and deployment of home services, as well as greater utilization of the geriatric day-hospital services. Utilization of emergency room and hospital services was similar for both groups. Control subjects experienced more prolonged hospital stays and a significantly higher proportion (23%) were designated for long-term care than of intervention clients (9%). We conclude that the SWING program, which facilitated access to geriatric services and case management, reduced or delayed the need for long-term care. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.) [Abstract provided in both French and English.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada