Date of Award

5-1-1999

Degree Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Field of Study

Biomedical Sciences

Department

School of Public Health

Abstract

Johs, Jennifer L. An Evaluation of an Interdisciplinary House Calls Program For the Frail Homebound Elderly. Master of Public Health (Biomedical Sciences), May, 1999, 57 pp., 4 tables, references, 66 titles. The current study compared utilization markers of 87 frail elderly homebound patients prior to and subsequent to enrollment in an interdisciplinary, physician-led house calls program, as well as measured efforts to increase documentation of advance directives. After enrollment in the program the number of hospital admissions (p=0.047) and emergency department visits (p=0.030) were significantly decreased. The number of admissions to skilled nursing facilities (p=0.023) was also reduced, as was length of stay in skilled nursing facilities (p=0.018). The prevalence of advance directives increased from 26% to 74% (p<0.001) subsequent to enrollment. Patients who died were more likely to die at home (19) than in the hospital (6). All patients who died at home had documented advance directives.

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