Health & social care costs: big data, or huge problem?

UntitledRachel Elliott and Matthew Franklin are reporting on behalf of the Medical Crises in Older People (MCOP) research team. Read the first part of their blog on identifying health & social costs here.

As part of a programme developing and evaluating care in older people, our recent study in Age and Ageing reports health and social care costs over a three month period for older people discharged from Acute Medical Units (AMU) by applying unit costs to patient-level data obtained from six different agencies: hospitals, primary care, social care, mental healthcare, ambulance services, and intermediate care. This is the first study to do this in England, but obtaining resource use data from individual services for this analysis took months, which was costly and of no use for real time patient management.

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