DRG classification system failed to describe properly the impact of severity and comorbidity over the resource consumption in elderly patients discharged from acute hospitals. Aim of our study was to evaluate the role of new patient classification system that is refined for clinical severity the APR-DRG system as a tool to evaluate the case mix of the elderly acute inpatients. APR-DRG system was able to show differences in mortality, severity and comorbidity when young adults and elderly patients were compared. Moreover APR-DRG grouper was found able to demonstrate that clinical severity is a better predictor than age of resource consumption and frailty in the elderly patients.
|Translated title of the contribution||All Patient Refined-DRG (APR-DRG) in geriatrics: A useful tool to identify the frail elderly|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Giornale di Gerontologia|
|Issue number||SUPPL. 1|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology