The economic impact of changing how health care is delivered to older people in emergency departments

Crowding in emergency departments (EDs) is a growing problem in Ireland and internationally, and coupled with long waiting times, affects health care outcomes and patient satisfaction. A new study from researchers at Trinity College Dublin and University of Limerick has examined the economic impact of adding a specific, appropriate, and dedicated team of professionals to the care already available for older patients. The researchers found that the potential cost savings are staggering, along with a significant increase in a patient’s quality of life.

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