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Cedric Mabire, Andrew Dwyer, Antoine Garnier, Joanie Pellet
BACKGROUND: Inadequate discharge planning for the growing elderly population poses significant challenges for health services. Effective discharge planning interventions have been examined in several studies, but little information is available on nursing's role or the specific components of these interventions. Despite the research published on the importance of discharge planning, the impact on patient's health outcomes still needs to be proven in practice. OBJECTIVES: To determine the best available evidence on the effectiveness of discharge planning interventions involving at least one nurse on health-related outcomes for elderly inpatients discharged home and to assess the relative impact of individual components of discharge planning interventions...
September 2016: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
Suzanne Oparil
Heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure are leading causes of death worldwide, and hypertension is a significant risk factor for each. Hypertension is less common in women, compared to men, in those younger than 45 years of age. This trend is reversed in those 65 years and older. In the US between 2011-2014, the prevalence of hypertension in women and men by age group was 6% vs 8% (18-39 years), 30% vs 35% (40-59 years), and 67% vs 63% (60 years and over). Awareness, treatment, and control rates differ between genders with women being more aware of their diagnosis (85% vs 80%), more likely to take their medications (81% vs 71%) and more frequently having controlled hypertension (55% vs 49%)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Hiroki Uchiwa, Hisashi Kai, Yoshiko Iwamoto, Takahiro Anegawa, Yoshihiro Fukumoto
OBJECTIVE: Morning hypertension is an independent risk for cerebrovascular and cardiovascular events. Although the incidence of morning hypertension increases with age, treatment of morning hypertension has not been established particularly in late-elderly patients. Among various combinations, ARB combined with a small dose of thiazide diuretic is desirable because the two drugs have complementary mechanisms of action, and effectively reduce BP. Thus, we investigated the safety and efficacy of ARB/hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) combination in controlling morning hypertension in the very elderly...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Hiromi Rakugi
European guidelines (ESH-ESC2013) for the elderly have discussed well about treatment blood pressure (BP) levels and targeting BP levels. In general, elderly patients with systolic BP (SBP) ≥160 mmHg including individuals older than 80 years in good physical and mental conditions are recommended reducing SBP to between 150 and 140 mmHg. Furthermore, fit elderly patients <80 years old are recommended to consider antihypertensive treatment at SBP values ≥140 mmHg with a target SBP <140 mmHg. On the other hand, frail elderly patients are recommended to leave decisions on antihypertensive therapy to the treating physician, and based on monitoring of the clinical effects of treatment...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Ruixin Ma, Qiongying Wang, Ningyin Li, Yang Zhao, Xu Zhao, Heng Yu, Jing Yu
OBJECTIVE: Home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM) is more likely to reflect the patient's underlying blood pressure (BP), than measurements in the clinic. HBPM coupled with titration of medications under the guidance of doctors, is a viable intervention to control hypertension. The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether HBPM can increase the safety of the combination therapy of three or more different classes of antihypertensive drugs. DESIGN AND METHOD: We enrolled patients with severe (grade 3) hypertension, whose BP remain uncontrolled under combination treatment with standard doze of an angiotensin II receptor blocker and hydrochlorothiazide...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Karen L Barker, David Beard, Andrew Price, Francine Toye, Martin Underwood, Avril Drummond, Gary Collins, Susan Dutton, Helen Campbell, Nicola Kenealy, Jon Room, Sarah E Lamb
BACKGROUND: The number of knee arthroplasties performed each year is steadily increasing. Although the outcome is generally favourable, up to 15 % fail to achieve a satisfactory clinical outcome which may indicate that the existing model of rehabilitation after surgery may not be the most efficacious. Given the increasing number of knee arthroplasties, the relative limited physiotherapy resources available and the increasing age and frailty of patients receiving arthroplasty surgery, it is important that we concentrate our rehabilitation resources on those patients who most need help to achieve a good outcome...
October 13, 2016: Trials
Christophoros Christophorou, Styliani Kleanthous, Dimosthenis Georgiadis, Donato M Cereghetti, Panayiotis Andreou, Cindy Wings, Eleni Christodoulou, George Samaras
Based on the demographic changes and the rapid increase of older population in Europe, major challenges are expected to rise, both in the economy as well as the society, whether the dominant care model for supporting elderly in living independently at home continues to rely on informal and formal caregivers' assistance. To respond to the above challenges, assistive technologies are called to develop Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services for supporting seniors to remain active and independent, for as long as possible, in their chosen home environment...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
Faiçal Jarraya
Hypertension remains the most important risk factor for cardiovascular disease. If antihypertensive drugs choice is well guided today, blood pressure (BP) target still a subject of controversies. Residual risk is matter of debate and the lower- the better dogma is come back again regarding to data reported from recent trials. The J curve, reason for European Society of Hypertension Guidelines reappraisal in 2009, is criticized by recent data. The one goal (<140/90 mmHg) fit 90 mmg 90 mmHg) fit all should be adapted as a personalized goal guided by evidence generated by randomized controlled trials...
October 9, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Kevin M Fain, Carlos Castillo-Salgado, David D Dore, Jodi B Segal, Andrew R Zullo, G Caleb Alexander
OBJECTIVE: We quantified transdermal fentanyl prescribing in elderly nursing home residents without prior opioid use or persistent pain, and the association of individual and facility traits with opioid-naïve prescribing. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Linked Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessments; Online Survey, Certification and Reporting (OSCAR) records; and Medicare Part D claims. PARTICIPANTS: From a cross-section of all long-stay US nursing home residents in 2008 with an MDS assessment and Medicare Part D enrollment, we identified individuals (≥65 years old) who initiated transdermal fentanyl, excluding those with Alzheimer disease, severe cognitive impairment, cancer, or receipt of hospice care...
October 6, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Anthony de Buck van Overstraeten, Jasper Stijns, Annouschka Laenen, Steffen Fieuws, Albert M Wolthuis, André D'Hoore
AIM: Increased morbidity and mortality could mitigate the positive effect of surgery in elderly patients undergoing colorectal resections. This retrospective study aims to describe early morbidity and mortality together with long-term survival in octogenarians and nonagenarians undergoing colorectal surgery. Predictors for in-hospital mortality will be identified. The predictive value of CR-POSSUM will be assessed. METHOD: Data on consecutive patients of 80 years old or more, undergoing a colorectal resection in our center from 2004 until 2010 were analyzed...
October 7, 2016: Colorectal Disease: the Official Journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
Diana Wucherer, Tilly Eichler, Johnanes Hertel, Ingo Kilimann, Steffen Richter, Bernhard Michalowsky, Jochen René Thyrian, Stefan Teipel, Wolfgang Hoffmann
BACKGROUND: Potentially inappropriate medication (PIM) in older people is a risk factor for adverse drug effects. This risk is even higher in older people with dementia (PWD). OBJECTIVE: Our study aimed to determine (1) the prevalence of PIM among primary care patients who were screened positive for dementia and (2) the sociodemographic and clinical variables associated with the use of PIM. METHODS: DelpHi-MV (Dementia: life- and person-centered help in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) is a general practitioner-based, cluster-randomized, controlled intervention study to implement and evaluate an innovative concept of collaborative dementia care management in Germany...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Cristina Rodriguez, Bernard Taminiau, Nicolas Korsak, Véronique Avesani, Johan Van Broeck, Philippe Brach, Michel Delmée, Georges Daube
BACKGROUND: Increasing age, several co-morbidities, environmental contamination, antibiotic exposure and other intestinal perturbations appear to be the greatest risk factors for C. difficile infection (CDI). Therefore, elderly care home residents are considered particularly vulnerable to the infection. The main objective of this study was to evaluate and follow the prevalence of C. difficile in 23 elderly care home residents weekly during a 4-month period. A C. difficile microbiological detection scheme was performed along with an overall microbial biodiversity study of the faeces content by 16S rRNA gene analysis...
October 1, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Synneve Dahlin-Ivanoff, Kajsa Eklund, Katarina Wilhelmson, Lina Behm, Greta Häggblom-Kronlöf, Lena Zidén, Sten Landahl, Susanne Gustafsson
BACKGROUND: Health-promoting interventions tailored to support older persons to remain in their homes, so-called "ageing in place" is important for supporting or improving their health. The health-promoting programme "Elderly Persons in the Risk Zone," (EPRZ) was set up for this purpose and has shown positive results for maintaining independence in activities of daily living for older persons 80 years and above at 1- and 2 year follow-ups. The aim of this study was to explore factors for maintaining independence in the EPRZ health-promoting programme...
October 6, 2016: BMC Geriatrics
Cristina Meléndez Frigola, Elena Arroyo Borrell, Marc Saez
OBJECTIVE: It is necessary to deepen in the knowledge of the Basic Minimum Set of Data (CMBD-RSS) of patients with chronic pathology associated and frequent hospitalisations (the subacute care). The aim of this study was to analyse the sanitary information of these patients, once initiated the subacute program. METHODS: We used data of 660 patients hospitalised in the subacute care unit at the Santa Caterina Hospital, sanitary region of Girona, from October 2013 to December 2014...
October 3, 2016: Revista Española de Salud Pública
Nefyn H Williams, Jessica L Roberts, Nafees Ud Din, Nicola Totton, Joanna M Charles, Claire A Hawkes, Val Morrison, Zoe Hoare, Michelle Williams, Aaron W Pritchard, Swapna Alexander, Andrew Lemmey, Robert T Woods, Catherine Sackley, Pip Logan, Rhiannon T Edwards, Clare Wilkinson
OBJECTIVE: To conduct a rigorous feasibility study for a future definitive parallel-group randomised controlled trial (RCT) and economic evaluation of an enhanced rehabilitation package for hip fracture. SETTING: Recruitment from 3 acute hospitals in North Wales. Intervention delivery in the community. PARTICIPANTS: Older adults (aged ≥65) who received surgical treatment for hip fracture, lived independently prior to fracture, had mental capacity (assessed by clinical team) and received rehabilitation in the North Wales area...
October 5, 2016: BMJ Open
Corinne E Wee, Tyler D Ames, Khoi M Le, Tiffany Wang, Laura S Phieffer, Carmen E Quatman
Fragility fractures, or fractures occurring from a low-trauma event, are extremely prevalent among the elderly population worldwide and associated with significant mortality and morbidity. This study evaluated the relationship between FES-I Fear of Falling Survey results, self-reported activity restrictions via the SF-36 survey, and scores recorded by portable, inexpensive clinical assessment tools (CATs) during dynamic functional tasks. Low scores during these tasks may indicate functional deficits that put patients at risk for falls and subsequent fragility fractures...
October 2016: Aging and Disease
Z W R Loh, M H H Cheen, H L Wee
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Recent reviews have shown that pharmacist-provided medication review in the elderly can improve clinical outcomes and reduce medication discrepancies compared with usual care. However, none determined whether these translate to improved humanistic and economic outcomes. This review sought to evaluate the effects of medication review on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and healthcare costs in the elderly. METHODS: A systematic search of MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, Web of Science and the Cochrane library for studies published in English from inception to 31 August 2015 was conducted...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Inés Cruz-Esteve, Josep Ramón Marsal-Mora, Gisela Galindo-Ortego, Leonardo Galván-Santiago, Marcos Serrano-Godoy, Esther Ribes-Murillo, Jordi Real-Gatius
OBJECTIVE: Rational prescribing in older people is a priority for health care organizations. The STOPP/START screening tool has been developed to identify potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) in individuals. In a primary care setting, STOPP/START can estimate PIP prevalence and related factors at population level. The aim of this study is to measure the prevalence rates of PPI in elderly population using clinical and prescription claim databases. DESIGN: Cross-sectional population study...
September 29, 2016: Atencion Primaria
Jérémy Raffin, Jean-Claude Barthelemy, Philippe Terrat, Marie-Christine Diana, Emilie Achour, Paul Calmels, Mathieu Oriol, Thierry Busso, Lallia Hammadi, Claude Montuy-Coquard, Rémi Bouvier, Rémi Poillerat, Frédéric Roche, David Hupin
OBJECTIVE: It is well established that physical activity reduces the physiological effects of ageing. Among them, is the decrease of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity, which is associated with the increase of cardiovascular events and morbidities. It has been shown that high intensity cycle training can enhance the ANS activity by 30% in people with the age of 70. However, such trainings were done by old athletes, used to train at intensities that could not be tolerated by sedentary old people, such as nursing home residents...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
François Leroy, Alexis Ruet, Antoine Desvergee, Pamela Le Magnen, Jean Marie Durand
Disabled people see, as the general population, increased life expectancy. The advanced age of the disabled person is reflected by two characteristics: the occurrence of new disabilities related to age per se but also a possible increase of previous impairments. This summation of the effects must be known, recognized and anticipated. Following the work coordinated by Patrick Gohet, we investigated the responses to date on the following topics included in the national report: anticipation of the phenomenon, prevention of consequences, marking the onset of the effects of advanced age, accompanying the installation of the effects of this advanced age...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
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