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The Assessing Care of Vulnerable Elders project endeavored to develop a comprehensive set of quality-assessment tools for ill older persons. Because "ill older persons" constitute a heterogeneous cohort that is not easily delineated, we created a system to identify high-risk, community-dwelling individuals and targeted the most important clinical conditions affecting them. The indicators are designed to measure care at the level of the health system or health plan.

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Originally published in: Annals of Internal Medicine, v. 135, no. 8, pt. 2, October 16, 2001, pp. 642-646.

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