The prevalence and incidence of chronic diseases (CD) in presentday society is very high. In Catalonia, the majority of morbidity/ mortality cases are due to chronic health problems. In 2009, circulatory system diseases, tumors, respiratory system diseases, nervous system diseases and mental disorders accounted for 78% of deaths. Moreover, the impact of CD is also very high in terms of the health system resources consumes. It is estimated that more than 50% of resources are allocated to the treatment of CD or acute care episodes associated with them. Therefore it is necessary to make changes to the healthcare model in order to better response to chronicity. It has been introduced a new Chronic Care Program within the new Health Plan for Catalonia (CCPHPC) 2011-2015. Substituting acute conventional hospitalizations by alternatives, such as sub-acute facilities, is one of the main important instruments elaborated by CCPHPC for complex chronic patients (CCP). Sub-acute Care Unit (SACU) is comprehensive in patient care designed for someone who has an acute illness or exacerbation of a chronic disease process.
Citation: Qanneta R, Moltó-Llarena E (2015) Sub-acute Care Unit for Elderly Patients as an Alternative Model to Acute Conventional Hospitalization: An Experience in a Geriatric Center of the Camp de Tarragona. Epidemiology S1:003.