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<article> <front>...</front> <body> <sec sec-type="intro"> <title>Introduction</title> <p>Geriatric day hospitals developed rapidly in the United Kingdom in the 1960s as an important component of care provision. The model has since been widely applied in several Western countries. Day hospitals provide multidisciplinary assessment and rehabilitation in an outpatient setting and have a pivotal position between hospital and home based services. Although there is considerable descriptive literature on day hospital care,<xref ref-type="bibr" rid="B1">1</xref> concern has been expressed that evidence for effectiveness is equivocal and that day hospital care is expensive.<xref ref-type="bibr" rid="B2">2</xref> We therefore undertook a systematic review of the randomised trials of day hospital care.</p> </sec> <sec sec-type="methods"> <title>Methods</title> <p>The primary question addressed was ...</p> <sec> <title>Inclusion criteria</title> <p>We set out to identify all ...</p> </sec> <sec> <title>Search strategy</title> <p>We searched for ...</p> </sec> ... </sec>... </body> ...</article>