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When Frail Elderly Adults Get Sick: Alternatives to Hospitalization

Muriel R. Gillick, MD
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From Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute/Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M13-1793.

Requests for Single Reprints: Muriel R. Gillick, MD, Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute/Harvard Medical School, 133 Brookline Avenue, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02215; e-mail, muriel_gillick@hphc.org.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: M.R. Gillick.

Drafting of the article: M.R. Gillick.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: M.R. Gillick.

Final approval of the article: M.R. Gillick.

Ann Intern Med. 2014;160(3):201-202. doi:10.7326/M13-1793
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Although the hospital offers sophisticated and often life-prolonging diagnostic and treatment methods to frail elderly patients, it can also be a dangerous environment for them. This commentary discusses viable alternatives to hospitalization that could provide safe and excellent care for this patient population.

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