The past, present, and future of house calls

Clin Geriatr Med. 2009 Feb;25(1):19-34, v. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2008.10.005.


This article describes: the origin and evolution of house calls; what is uniquely gained from house calls for both patients and providers; key clinical issues managed at home; evidence that house calls improve outcomes; organization of house call practices; and changes in Medicare reimbursement, technology, and interdisciplinary team care that have influenced the delivery of home-based medical care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Geriatric Assessment
  • Home Care Agencies
  • Home Care Services / statistics & numerical data
  • Home Care Services / trends
  • House Calls* / statistics & numerical data
  • House Calls* / trends
  • Humans
  • Medicare
  • Mobility Limitation
  • Primary Health Care
  • Terminal Care
  • United States