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Program curbs ED visits, admissions for behavioral problems

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A 3-year-old program in the state of New Jersey has reduced emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations for long-term care residents who display problematic behavior. The Statewide Clinical Outreach Program for the Elderly (S-COPE) was launched because "a disproportionate number of older adults from long-term-care nursing facilities were presenting to psychiatric emergency rooms and being hospitalized," Lucille Esralew, PhD, the clinical administrator for the program, told Medscape Medical News. more

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