Read by QxMD icon Read

Australasian Journal on Ageing

Juliet Butler
OBJECTIVE: To measure how care needs, health and length of stay in permanent residential aged care differs by assessed need for palliative care. METHODS: On entry into permanent residential aged care, people's care needs and health conditions are assessed on the Aged Care Funding Instrument. Data for the period 2008-2009 and 2015-2016 were analysed for trends in care needs, health conditions, length of stay and separation reason across assessed need for palliative care...
November 15, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Claire P Heppenstall, Hugh C Hanger, Timothy J Wilkinson, Michelle Dhanak
OBJECTIVE: To assess the use and acceptability to older participants and general practitioners (GPs) of telephone support postdischarge to reduce readmissions. METHODS: A prospective cohort study of older people after discharge from a specialist geriatric unit, and comparison with a previous cohort. Telephone follow-up calls were made fortnightly for three months. Structured questionnaires were used to obtain feedback from participants and GPs. RESULTS: Readmission rates were high, 40%, despite the intervention...
November 15, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Caroline Lukaszyk, Kylie Radford, Kim Delbaere, Rebecca Ivers, Kris Rogers, Catherine Sherrington, Anne Tiedemann, Julieann Coombes, Gail Daylight, Brian Draper, Tony Broe
OBJECTIVE: To examine associations between fall risk factors identified previously in other populations and falls among Aboriginal people aged 60 years and older, living in New South Wales, Australia. METHODS: Interviews were conducted with older Aboriginal people in five urban and regional communities. Associations between past falls and 22 fall predictor variables were examined using linear and multiple regression analyses. RESULTS: Of the 336 participants, 80 people (24%) reported at least one fall in the past year, and 34 (10%) reported two or more falls...
November 15, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
A Stefanie Mikolaizak, Stephen R Lord, Anne Tiedemann, Paul Simpson, Gideon Caplan, Jason C Bendall, Kirsten Howard, Jacqueline Close
OBJECTIVE: To identify predictors and impact of adherence to a multifactorial fall-prevention program on falls and health service utilisation. METHODS: Randomised controlled trial with a priori subgroup analysis within intervention group according to adherence. Participants were community dwelling, (≥65 years), not transported to hospital following fall-related paramedic care. The Attitudes to Falls-Related Interventions Scale (AFRIS) was completed at baseline, adherence levels were measured (three-point scale) at six months, and falls and health service utilisation were recorded for 12 months...
November 15, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
David S Brennan, Dominic Keuskamp, Madhan Balasubramanian, Najith Amarasena
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to examine the associations between general health and well-being with living conditions, oral health and degree of dependency. METHODS: We surveyed people from a primary care service and collected data on sociodemographic characteristics, general health, health utility, well-being, activities, living conditions and oral health impact. RESULTS: Overall, 459 participated (78% response rate). Poor general health was associated with decreased instrumental activities of daily living scores (18% of those with poor general health were independent vs 60% with good general health)...
November 13, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Bridget Regan, Yvonne Wells
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a new information resource developed for clients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or early dementia and their family supporters. METHODS: A controlled group trial was undertaken comparing 40 clients and family supporters who received 'service as usual' followed by 40 clients and family supporters who received 'service as usual' plus the new information resource. Telephone interviews comprising open questions, ratings and a quality-of-life questionnaire were undertaken two to four weeks after the client's final feedback session...
November 3, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Cathy Honge Gong, Hal Kendig
OBJECTIVE: To assess the changes in health, well-being and welfare dependency associated with yearly workforce transitions from working to not working among people aged 45-64 years. METHODS: Transition analysis of the nationally representative longitudinal data from the Household Incomes and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey 2002-2011. RESULTS: People who voluntarily left paid work had reasonable control over their situations, and their satisfaction remained relatively stable even with deteriorating health and increasing welfare dependency...
October 29, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Robyn L Saxon, Marion A Gray, Florin I Oprescu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact on patient waiting times of a role substitution model introducing an advanced allied health practitioner as the first point of contact within a geriatric outpatient context. METHODS: A pre- to postintervention design was used to determine impact over a five-year period (2008-2012). All patients referred to the geriatric specialist outpatient department were included (n = 1514). Data relating to waiting times were analysed using one-way ANOVA and post hoc Tukey tests to determine effects on patient waiting times...
October 17, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Eamonn Eeles, Judy McCrow, Andrew Teodorczuk, Gideon A Caplan
OBJECTIVES: Implementation research into delirium care is lacking. Exploiting known practice barriers to understand what management strategies work best in delirium is a means of prioritising care interventions. A consensus approach to determining priority interventions in delirium was derived and related to reference standards in health-care practice. METHODS: A workshop of 20 experts was held at the Australasian Delirium Association conference 2016. Structured small group work, iterative ranking and a 21-member check were undertaken to (i) explore research barriers in delirium care; (ii) explore how barriers related to individual items of multicomponent interventions; and (iii) rank multicomponent interventions in relation to each statement within the newly released Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care delirium standard...
October 13, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Bridget Regan, Yvonne Wells
OBJECTIVES: To explore the views of clients, supporters and counsellors about their experiences of the maximising cognition (MAXCOG) intervention. METHODS: The most significant change (MSC) method of analysis was used. Twenty-three narrative accounts of the MAXCOG intervention and the 'MSC' that occurred were obtained. A panel, including experts from Alzheimer's Australia, the MAXCOG research team and clinicians from memory clinics, conducted a workshop to discuss and categorise the accounts...
October 13, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Ruth Walker, Julie Ratcliffe, Amy White, Renuka Visvanathan
OBJECTIVE: To determine how older people with dementia and their family caregivers experience dementia assessment services and preferences for future configuration of diagnostic services. METHODS: Qualitative, semistructured in-depth interviews were conducted with nine individuals with dementia. In seven instances, the caregiver also took part in the interview, and on two occasions, the interview was with the person with dementia only. RESULTS: An important contact during assessment of dementia was the general practitioner, in particular working in a way or timeframe which provides clarity and comfort to the person with dementia and their family members...
October 10, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
David Basic, Danielle Ní Chróinín, David Conforti, Chris Shanley
OBJECTIVE: We sought to investigate the incidence of, and factors associated with, in-hospital functional decline among older acute hospital patients. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study of consecutive patients admitted under geriatric medicine over 5 years. The primary outcome measure was functional decline between admission and discharge, representing deterioration in any of the following: Modified Barthel Index (MBI), independence in Timed Up and Go test or walking, and/or need for walking aid...
August 30, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Suanne Lawrence, Andrew Robinson, Kathy Eagar
OBJECTIVE: To identify diagnostic groups and the form of the trajectory of functional decline that has the potential to enhance advance care planning (ACP) in a nursing home (NH) population. METHODS: Retrospective, longitudinal study with dependent variable (function) derived from the Resident Classification Scale (RCS), 1997-2008. Trajectory modelling used linear and curvilinear terms. RESULTS: The organ failure or other residents have a linear average functional decline...
September 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Melanie Joosten
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Lynne Parkinson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Jane Sims
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Julie M Ellis, Ros Ben-Moshe, Karen Teshuva
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of a laughter yoga activities (LY) program for older people living in residential aged care homes (RACHs). METHODS: A 6-week LY program was implemented at three RACHs with twenty-eight residents. A pre-post design was used to measure positive and negative affect, happiness, blood pressure and pulse. RESULTS: Post-session mean scores for positive mood, and happiness were significantly higher than pre-session scores in weeks 1, 3 and 6, and the post-session mean negative mood scores were significantly lower than pre-session scores in weeks 3 and 6...
September 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Pettina Love, Melissa Moore, Jeni Warburton
AIM: The meaning of spiritual well-being as a health dimension is often contested and neglected in policy and practice. This paper explores spiritual well-being from both an Indigenous and a non-Indigenous perspective. METHOD: We drew on Indigenous and non-Indigenous methodologies to explore the existing knowledge around spiritual well-being and its relationship with health. RESULTS: The Indigenous perspective proposed that spiritual well-being is founded in The Dreaming, informs everyday relationships and can impact on health...
September 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Ning Jiang, Hongjun Yu, Ruopeng An
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the impact of overweight and obesity on health-care expenditure among university retirees in Beijing, China. METHODS: Annual health surveys of retirees were conducted at Tsinghua University during 2011-2016. Individual random-effect regressions were performed to estimate incremental health-care expenditures attributable to overweight/obesity, adjusting for various individual characteristics. RESULTS: Compared to their normal-weight counterparts, obesity was associated with an increase in annual out-of-pocket expenditure on outpatient care by 27%, inpatient care 19% and medication 15%, and an increase in annual total out-of-pocket health-care expenditure by 33%...
August 11, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Ellen Burkett, Melinda G Martin-Khan, Leonard C Gray
OBJECTIVE: A systematic review of the literature was undertaken to assess the methodological quality of existing quality indicators (QIs) for the emergency department (ED) care of older persons. METHODS: MEDLINE, CINAHL, EMBASE and grey literature were searched. Articles were included if they addressed ED care of persons aged ≥65 years and defined a QI amenable to influence by ED providers. The methodological quality of QIs was assessed using relevant items from the Appraisal of Indicators through Research and Evaluation and the QUALIFY tools...
July 31, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
Fetch more papers »
Fetching more papers... Fetching...
Read by QxMD. Sign in or create an account to discover new knowledge that matter to you.
Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"