Medscape (7/22, Brooks, Subscription Publication) reports, “Providing comprehensive remote care via telemedicine to older adults with dementia significantly cuts emergency department (ED) visits,” research indicated. After studying “731 patients with dementia (median age, 86 years) who were cared for in a primary care geriatrics practice at 22 senior living communities,” investigators found that over a period of about three years, “access to a unique telemedicine program reduced ED visits in seniors with dementia by about 24% per year.” The findings were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2019. (SOURCE: APA Headlines)
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