Anemia is common in the post-acute and long-term care (PA/LTC) setting, with a prevalence ranging from 34 - 60%, increasing with each decade of life over age 70. Anemia often goes unevaluated or is inadequately evaluated in the frail elderly. Studies suggest the importance of treating anemia to improve patients’ overall health and prevent certain comorbid conditions.
This CPG focuses on the recognition and management of anemia that may improve patient function, outcomes, and overall quality of life, as well as reduce health care costs.
Outcomes that may be expected include:
Comprehensive evaluation of the causes of anemia when appropriate;
Better recognition and more appropriate management of anemia;
Improvement in patients’ functional status, cognitive function, exercise performance, and quality of life;
Reduced morbidity and mortality; and
Reduced medical-care costs as a result of a reduced need for blood transfusions
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