Acute care hospital at different levels of intensity: the role of Geriatrician

Ilaria Liguori, Gennaro Russo, Luisa Aran, Giulia Bulli, Francesco Curcio, David Della-Morte, Gaetano Gargiulo, Gianluca Testa, Andrea Ungar, Francesco Cacciatore, Domenico Bonaduce, Pasquale Abete

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The traditional model of care is based on “disease-centered” management that requires the organization of the hospital in specialized wards, to which the patient is assigned for the main disease. The growing need to optimize economical and human resources and to promote a global approach to the patient has led to the setting up of the intensity of care model. It is a health system based on a “patient-centered” approach, where the hospital is organized in departments dedicated to patients with homogenous needs of care. In Italy, intensity of care model is currently being tested in the hospital organization, where three levels of intensity are proposed: low, medium and high. The purpose of the following review is to describe the role and importance of the Geriatrician in each of these care settings and to highlight the contradiction of a National Health System which promotes the geriatric approach to all types of patients, but does not invest in the formation and integration of the figure of the Geriatrician in clinical practice, condemning it to marginalization or even extinction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)703-712
Number of pages10
JournalAging Clinical and Experimental Research
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute care hospital
  • Geriatrician
  • Level of care intensity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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