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Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research
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Transitional Care for Older Adults: The Need for New Approaches to Support Family Caregivers

Constance R. Uphold*
Department of Aging & Geriatrics, College of Medicine, University of Florida, USA
Corresponding Author : Constance R. Uphold
Associate Director of Implementation and Outcomes Research
Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center
University of Florida, USA
Tel: 352-376 1611
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Received March 23, 2012; Accepted March 23, 2012; Published March 30, 2012
Citation: Uphold CR (2012) Transitional Care for Older Adults: The Need for New Approaches to Support Family Caregivers. J Gerontol Geriatric Res 1:e107. doi:10.4172/2167-7182.1000e107
Copyright: © 2012 Uphold CR. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

The importance of high quality transitional care in improving the outcomes of patients and families has gained increased attention. Transitional care is defined as actions designed to ensure coordination and continuity of care between levels of health care and across care settings. It is well known that when patients move between care settings untoward events often occur. For example, poor transitions in care can result in low patient satisfaction, serious medication errors, and increased use of emergency room services and unnecessary ambulatory care visits. In addition, lack of quality transitional care can result in high rates of rapid hospital readmissions -- the majority of which are potentially preventable. Older adults are particularly vulnerable to breakdown in continuity and coordination of care between settings, because they have multiple chronic diseases and complicated therapies.

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