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Identifying patient-level health and social care costs for older adults discharged from acute medical units in England

Franklin, Matthew; Berdunov, Vladislav; Edmans, Judi; Conroy, Simon; Gladman, John R.F.; Tanajewski, Lukasz; Gkountouras, Georgios; Elliott, Rachel A.

Authors

Matthew Franklin

Vladislav Berdunov

Judi Edmans

Simon Conroy spc3@le.ac.uk

JOHN GLADMAN john.gladman@nottingham.ac.uk
Professor of Medicine of Older People

Lukasz Tanajewski

Georgios Gkountouras

Rachel A. Elliott



Abstract

Background: Acute medical units allow for those who need admission to be correctly identified, and for those who could be managed in ambulatory settings to be discharged. However, readmission rates for older people following discharge from acute medical units are high and may be associated with substantial health and social care costs.
Objective: Identifying patient-level health and social care costs for older people discharged from acute medical units in England.
Design: Prospective cohort study of health and social care resource use.
Setting: An acute medical unit in Nottingham, England.
Participants: 456 people aged over 70 who were discharged from an acute medical unit within 72 hours of admission.
Methods: Hospitalisation and social care data were collected for three months post-recruitment. In Nottingham, further approvals were gained to obtain data from general practices, ambulance services, intermediate care and mental healthcare. Resource use was combined with national unit costs.
Results: Costs from all sectors were available for 250 participants. Mean (95% CI, median, range) total cost was £1926 (1579-2383, 659, 0-23612).
Contribution was: secondary care (76.1%), primary care (10.9%), ambulance service (0.7%), intermediate care (0.2%), mental healthcare (2.1%) and social care (10.0%). The costliest 10% of participants accounted for 50% of the cost.
Conclusions: This study highlights the costs accrued by older people discharged from AMUs: they are mainly (76%) in secondary care and half of all costs were incurred by a minority of participants (10%).

Citation

Franklin, M., Berdunov, V., Edmans, J., Conroy, S., Gladman, J. R., Tanajewski, L., …Elliott, R. A. (2014). Identifying patient-level health and social care costs for older adults discharged from acute medical units in England. Age and Ageing, 43(5), https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afu073

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 23, 2014
Publication Date Jul 24, 2014
Deposit Date Mar 8, 2017
Publicly Available Date Mar 8, 2017
Journal Age & Ageing
Electronic ISSN 0002-0729
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
Issue 5
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afu073
Keywords Economic evaluation, Acute Medical Unit, Costing methodology, Primary care, Secondary care, Social care
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/41071
Publisher URL https://academic.oup.com/ageing/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/ageing/afu073
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Age & Ageing following peer review. The version of record Matthew Franklin, Vladislav Berdunov, Judi Edmans, Simon Conroy, John Gladman, Lukasz Tanajewski, Georgios Gkountouras, Rachel A. Elliott; Identifying patient-level health and social care costs for older adults discharged from acute medical units in England. Age Ageing 2014; 43 (5): 703-707. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afu073 is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afu073.

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