Older adults spend three weeks each year receiving health care outside the home: Study

A cross-sectional study of more than 6,500 adults aged 65 years and older found that, on average, older adults spent three weeks each year getting health care outside the home. In this nationally representative group, 11% of older adults spent 50 or more days each year receiving health care services. These days spent obtaining health care outside the home, or health care contact days, are a new patient-centered metric for evaluating care for older adults. The study is published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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