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Physician Involvement in Long-Term Care: Bridging the Medical and Social Models

  • Robyn I. Stone
    Correspondence
    Address correspondence to Robyn I. Stone, DrPH, Institute for the Future of Aging Services, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, 2519 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008-1520.
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    Institute for the Future of Aging Services, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Washington, DC.
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      Long-term care is not easy to define. The boundaries between primary and acute and long-term care have become blurred.
      • Kane R.A.
      • Kane R.L.
      • Ladd R.C.
      • Stone R.I.
      It is not surprising, therefore, that there is no consensus on the extent to which physicians are, and should be, involved in long-term care delivery. The purpose of this article is to explore the current and potential role of physicians in long-term care and the challenges to their involvement, to identify models of successful physician engagement in long-term care settings, and to suggest strategies that should be explored to increase appropriate physician participation in the long-term care system to help adequately meet the demand for quality services in our aging society.
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