“Nursing home residents are often hospitalized for care that has the potential to be burdensome, in the sense that the risks outweigh the expected benefits. These hospitalizations offer little hope of improving quality of life or changing the course of illness and usually involve residents close to death who are vulnerable to iatrogenic harms. Certain facilities are more successful than others at preventing potentially burdensome hospitalizations. The reasons for their success, however, are poorly understood.” – SOURCE: JAMA Network
Admissions can seem like a ‘revolving door.”
“Nursing home residents are often sent to the hospital for care that often offers little hope of improving quality of life or changing the course of illness. Some facilities though seem to do much better in preventing these “potentially burdensome hospitalizations”.
This GeriPal.org post features a discussion/transcript with “with Andrew Cohen, the lead author of a recent JAMA IM paper on this subject, to learn a little about what is in the secret sauce of these exceptional nursing homes.”
Listen to the podcast here, see the transcript below.