Allen, S. C., Stockdale, R., Black, T. and Raza, T. H., 2005. Gathering facts to drive change: services for acutely ill elderly people presenting to a general hospital. Clinician in Management, 13 (1), pp. 53-58.
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Complex services working under pressure are a fertile source of myths and misconceptions that can hinder a constructive search for creative solutions. A paucity of robust information inevitably reinforces such a collective mindset. We describe a systematic prospective survey of acute medical admissions using locally relevant definitions and direct clinical assessment of frail and/or elderly patients. This generated a large credible information set which had the confidence and support of staff across a range of professions and departments, thus sweeping aside several prevailing misunderstandings and paving the way for realistic planning and change management.
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|Group:||School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Postgraduate Medical Research and Education|
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