Elderly have poor prognosis after recovery in long-term acute care hospitals

While long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs) are designed to help patients recover and regain independence, fewer than 1-in-5 older adults who were transferred to such facilities were alive five years later, leaving them with a worse prognosis than terminal illnesses such as advanced cancer, according to research at UC San Francisco and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

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