Assessing Care of Vulnerable Elders

Acove Project Overview

by Neil S. Wenger, Paul G. Shekelle

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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.

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

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