Geriatric Emergency Medicine and the 2006 Institute of Medicine Reports from the Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the U.S. Health System
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
© 2006 Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Academic Emergency Medicine
Volume 13, Issue 12, pages 1345–1351, December 2006
How to Cite
Wilber, S. T., Gerson, L. W., Terrell, K. M., Carpenter, C. R., Shah, M. N., Heard, K. and Hwang, U. (2006), Geriatric Emergency Medicine and the 2006 Institute of Medicine Reports from the Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the U.S. Health System. Academic Emergency Medicine, 13: 1345–1351. doi: 10.1197/j.aem.2006.09.050
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Received September 15, 2006; accepted September 26, 2006.
- emergency medicine;
- health policy
Three recently published Institute of Medicine reports, Hospital-Based Emergency Care: At the Breaking Point, Emergency Medical Services: At the Crossroads, and Emergency Care for Children: Growing Pains, examined the current state of emergency care in the United States. They concluded that the emergency medicine system as a whole is overburdened, underfunded, and highly fragmented. These reports did not specifically discuss the effect the aging population has on emergency care now and in the future and did not discuss special needs of older patients. This report focuses on the emergency care of older patients, with the intent to provide information that will help shape discussions on this issue.