"The trouble with hospitalized seniors" by Dr. Brian Goldman

"Hospital readmissions are a huge and growing problem in Canada. Researchers from Alberta and Ontario looked at more than 700,000 Ontario patients over the age of 65 with an average age of just over 78 years of age. 
Overall, 88,000 or 12 per cent of the patients had to be readmitted to hospital within 30 days of being discharged. Forty per cent of the patients had five or more chronic medical conditions. The big ones included arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, anxiety, depression or cancer.
As an ER physician on the front lines, I see this all the time. It used to be once a shift. Now, it feels like I'm seeing three or four patients per shift who have returned to the ER after having been admitted and discharged from the hospital where I work.
Typically, they are frail seniors with dementia and other chronic medical conditions." Read more >
About the author: Dr. Brian Goldman is a veteran ER physician and an award-winning medical reporter for CBC Television's The Health Show and The National. Brian has a proven knack for making sense of medical baffelgab. On White Coat, Black Art, he takes listeners past medical bluff and bluster and shows what really goes on at hospitals and clinics. He is the author of The Night Shift and his new book The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy is Essential in Everyday Life.
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