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February 9, 1957

Organized Home Medical Care in New York City: A Study of Nineteen Programs

JAMA. 1957;163(6):512-513. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970410102032

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This book describes an ambitious attempt by the Hospital Council of Greater New York to evaluate organized plans for medical care in New York City, including 16 programs operated by municipal hospitals and one each by the Montefiore Hospital, the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, and the department of welfare. The need of care for those with chronic illness is becoming acute as our population continues to age, and the management of those disabled because of chronic illness and even by old age itself becomes more and more of a problem. Some effective means should be devised to provide care for many chronically sick elderly persons in their homes. As this study shows, most of these persons strongly desire to remain at home, and their families, despite the difficulties and sacrifices often entailed, prefer to retain their parents in the home.

In considering the programs for organized home medical care

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