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HEALTH CARE WORKFORCE: What is a grand-aide?

Grand-aides are proposed as a way to leverage the time of nurses — particularly nurse case managers — in making home visits and helping patients during transitions home from hospital or post-acute settings.  For example, they might accompany patients home on the day of discharge and then make follow-up visits to ensure that patients with chronic illness are doing well.  They are trained as nurse aides and then have additional training as grand-aides.

Source: Garson, A.  New systems of care can leverage the health care workforce: how many doctors do we need?  Academic Medicine;88(12):1817-1821, Dec. 2013. Click her for access to the publisher’s website: http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=2013&issue=12000&article=00015&type=Abstract  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org 

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