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Paramedic Coached ED Care Transitions to Help Older Adults Maintain Their Health

Research Question:
Does teaching paramedics to help older adults transition from the emergency room to their homes help older adults stay healthy?

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Purpose:
The emergency department (ED) is a common source of acute illness care for older adults. Many older adults who are discharged home from the ED return within 30 days due to numerous challenges faced during the ED-to-home transition. Unless programs to improve the ED-to-home transition are identified, the health and financial costs will only increase as the older adult population doubles by 2040. This study will apply Coleman's Care Transitions Intervention to the ED-to-home transition by adapting the program to account for the unique aspects of the ED setting. The research will evaluate the process, ED use, and cost outcomes of a community-based, paramedic-coordinated Care Transitions Intervention. Upon completion, this study will provide empiric evidence regarding this innovative approach to help the rapidly growing older adult population remain healthy and independent after an ED visit.

Location: University of Rochester Medical Center

Study Contact Information

Phone: (585) 275-2107

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