The natural history of nursing home patients

Mary Ann Lewis, Shan Cretin, Robert L. Kane

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To describe the natural history of nursing home care, 197 persons admitted to a random sample of 24 facilities were followed for at least 2 years after discharge. Four subgroups of patients were identified on the basis of different patterns of survival and use of health care resources. Just over 9% were discharged to their homes and received no further institutional care during the period of follow-up. Thirty-seven percent died in the nursing homes. The remainder (54%) transferred frequently between hospitals and nursing homes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)382-388
Number of pages7
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1985


  • Episode of care
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care
  • Nursing homes

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