The rising number of geriatric patients with complex, chronic, and often multiple health conditions presents numerous policy challenges. RAND has conducted the most comprehensive examination of the quality of medical care provided to the vulnerable elderly and coordinates interdisciplinary research centers to develop and study innovative clinical and health services interventions to improve health care outcomes for geriatric patients.
Research conducted by:
Center for the Study of Aging;
Assessing Care of Vulnerable Elders (ACOVE)
News Releases (6)
The rising cost of Medicare can be cut through strategies such as increasing premiums and raising the eligibility age, but those moves could drive many elderly Americans from the program, leaving them with limited access to health services.
The monetary cost of dementia in the United States ranges from $157 billion to $215 billion annually, making the disease more costly to the nation than either heart disease or cancer.
Home health care technology may provide one important solution to global concerns about how to sustain health care systems threatened by rising costs and manpower shortages, but such a change faces multiple obstacles to adoption.
New results from a major initiative on the quality of cancer care in the U.S. have found that patients with a common type of colon cancer—especially older patients—often are not treated as aggressively with chemotherapy as research shows is necessary to improve survival.
November 15, 2006 News Release: RAND Study Finds Vaccination of Nursing Home Staff, Residents, Key to Reducing Influenza Outbreaks.
April 4, 2006 News Release: RAND Study Finds Arthritis Care for Older Patients Is Poor; Lack of Information on Medication Safety Is Biggest Shortfall.