Identifying patient-level health and social care costs for older adults discharged from acute medical units in England

Franklin, Matthew and Berdunov, Vladislav and Edmans, Judi and Conroy, Simon and Gladman, John R.F. and Tanajewski, Lukasz and Gkountouras, Georgios and Elliott, Rachel A. (2014) Identifying patient-level health and social care costs for older adults discharged from acute medical units in England. Age & Ageing, 43 (5). pp. 703-707. ISSN 0002-0729

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Abstract

Background: Acute medical units allow for those who need admission to be correctly identified, and for those who could be managed in ambulatory settings to be discharged. However, readmission rates for older people following discharge from acute medical units are high and may be associated with substantial health and social care costs.

Objective: Identifying patient-level health and social care costs for older people discharged from acute medical units in England.

Design: Prospective cohort study of health and social care resource use.

Setting: An acute medical unit in Nottingham, England.

Participants: 456 people aged over 70 who were discharged from an acute medical unit within 72 hours of admission.

Methods: Hospitalisation and social care data were collected for three months post-recruitment. In Nottingham, further approvals were gained to obtain data from general practices, ambulance services, intermediate care and mental healthcare. Resource use was combined with national unit costs.

Results: Costs from all sectors were available for 250 participants. Mean (95% CI, median, range) total cost was £1926 (1579-2383, 659, 0-23612).

Contribution was: secondary care (76.1%), primary care (10.9%), ambulance service (0.7%), intermediate care (0.2%), mental healthcare (2.1%) and social care (10.0%). The costliest 10% of participants accounted for 50% of the cost.

Conclusions: This study highlights the costs accrued by older people discharged from AMUs: they are mainly (76%) in secondary care and half of all costs were incurred by a minority of participants (10%).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Age & Ageing following peer review. The version of record Matthew Franklin, Vladislav Berdunov, Judi Edmans, Simon Conroy, John Gladman, Lukasz Tanajewski, Georgios Gkountouras, Rachel A. Elliott; Identifying patient-level health and social care costs for older adults discharged from acute medical units in England. Age Ageing 2014; 43 (5): 703-707. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afu073 is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afu073.
Keywords: Economic evaluation, Acute Medical Unit, Costing methodology, Primary care, Secondary care, Social care
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Pharmacy
Identification Number: 10.1093/ageing/afu073
Depositing User: Dziunka, Patricia
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2017 13:23
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2017 18:04
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/41071

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