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Experiences of Ambulatory Care for Frail, Older People and Their Carers During Acute Illness: A Qualitative, Ethnographic Study

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Original languageEnglish
Article numberp
Pages (from-to)1344-1347
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Medical Directors Association
Issue number10
Early online date10 May 2019
DateAccepted/In press - 22 Mar 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print - 10 May 2019
DatePublished (current) - 1 Oct 2019


Increased age is associated with increased emergency department attendance and emergency hospital admissions,1 but there is evidence that the acute hospital environment is unsuited to older people with frailty.2, 3, 4, 5 There are policy imperatives to increase the acute care delivered outside traditional hospital settings.6 For some patients, acute care can be delivered on an ambulatory basis,7 but the impact on them is uncertain.

Ambulatory care aims to provide equivalent medical care outside traditional hospital settings. The acute care pathway at ambulatory care units in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, is targeted at, older people who are frail. Patients are referred by primary care physicians (from the patient's practice or out-of-hours service) or paramedics responding to emergency calls. The units provide rapid assessment and interventions unavailable in primary care, closer to patients' homes.

    Research areas

  • COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, CT, computed tomographic, ECG, electrocardiograph, GP, general practitioner, HF, heart failure, IV, intravenous, OT, occupational therapy, PT, physiotherapy, UTI, urinary tract infection

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