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The care transitions intervention: a patient-centered approach to ensuring effective transfers between sites of geriatric care.
Parry C, Coleman EA, Smith JD, Frank J, Kramer AM
Home Health Care Serv Q. 2003;22(3):1-17.
During an episode of illness, older patients may receive care in multiple settings; often resulting in fragmented care and poorly-executed care transitions. The negative consequences of fragmented care include duplication of services; inappropriate or conflicting care recommendations, medication errors, patient/caregiver distress, and higher costs of care. Despite the critical need to reduce fragmented care in this population, few interventions have been developed to assist older patients and their family members in making smooth transitions. This article introduces a patient-centered interdisciplinary team intervention designed to improve transitions across sites of geriatric care.
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Division of Health Care Policy and Research, Denver 80206, USA. carla.parry@uchsc.edu