Effect of a Multidisciplinary Outpatient Model of Care on Health Outcomes in Older Patients with Multimorbidity: A Retrospective Case Control Study.

dianagosalvez Diana Gosalvez Prados última modificación 6/10/2016 13:10

The objective of this article is to evaluate a holistic multidisciplinary outpatient model of care on hospital readmission, length of stay and mortality in older patients with multimorbidity following discharge from hospital.

Shakib S, Dundon BK, Maddison J, Thomas J, Stanners M, Caughey GE, Clark RA. Effect of a Multidisciplinary Outpatient Model of Care on Health Outcomes in Older Patients with Multimorbidity: A Retrospective Case Control Study. PLoS One. 2016 Aug 18;11(8):e0161382. Available at: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0161382


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6/10/2016

A pilot case-control study between March 2006 and June 2009 of patients referred on discharge to a multidisciplinary, integrated outpatient model of care that includes outpatient follow-up, timely GP communication and dial-in service compared with usual care following discharge, within a metropolitan, tertiary referral, public teaching hospital. Controls were matched in a 4:1 ratio with cases for age, gender, index admission diagnosis and length of stay.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Non-elective readmission rates, total readmission length of stay and overall survival.

RESULTS:

A total of 252 cases and 1008 control patients were included in the study. Despite the patients referred to the multidisciplinary model of care had slightly more comorbid conditions, significantly higher total length of hospital stay in the previous 12 months and increased prevalence of diabetes and heart failure by comparison to those who received usual care, they had significantly improved survival (adjusted hazard ratio 0.70 95% CI 0.51-0.96, p = 0.029) and no excess in the number of hospitalisations observed.

CONCLUSION:

Following discharge from hospital, holistic multidisciplinary outpatient management is associated with improved survival in older patients with multimorbidity. The findings of this study warrant further examination in randomised and cost-effectiveness trials.


Shakib S, Dundon BK, Maddison J, Thomas J, Stanners M, Caughey GE, Clark RA.

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