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Complex geriatric care

Linda Aimée Hartford Kvæl, Jonas Debesay, Anne Langaas, Asta Bye, Astrid Bergland
OBJECTIVE: Although the concept of patient participation has been discussed for a number of years, there is still no clear definition of what constitutes the multidimensional concept, and the application of the concept in an intermediate care (IC) context lacks clarity. Therefore this paper seeks to identify and explore the attributes of the concept, to elaborate ways of understanding the concept of patient participation for geriatric patients in the context of IC. METHODS: Walker and Avant's model of Concept analysis [1] based on a literature review...
March 5, 2018: Patient Education and Counseling
Tyler Sheetz, Cheryl T Lee
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As the population ages, urologic oncologists are caring for older and more vulnerable patients that must withstand complex surgical treatments. Our healthcare environment emphasizes surgical quality, reductions in length of hospital stay, reduced readmission rates, and high patient satisfaction. So those who manage urologic malignancies must be able to optimize their patients. Understanding the concept of frailty, how to diagnose it in a timely and reliable manner, appreciate its perioperative impact, and consider interventions to reduce its effects may improve surgical outcomes...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Urology
Ellen M McCreedy, Robert L Kane, Sarah E Gollust, Nathan D Shippee, Kirby D Clark
BACKGROUND: Clinicians strive to deliver individualized, patient-centered care. However, these intentions are understudied. This research explores how patient characteristics associated with an high risk-to-benefit ratio with hypoglycemia medications affect decision making by primary care clinicians. METHODS: Using a vignette-based survey, we queried primary care clinicians on their intended management of geriatric patients with diabetes. The patients' ages, disease durations, and comorbidities were systematically varied...
March 2018: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
Silje Havrevold Henni, Marit Kirkevold, Konstantinos Antypas, Christina Foss
BACKGROUND: Care of older adults in the community is becoming increasingly complex. However, nursing staff often has insufficient knowledge and skills to adequately address the needs of frail older adults. There is therefore a need for nurses with advanced qualifications. To meet this need, advanced geriatric nursing has been introduced in Norway. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to describe the experiences of nurses with their new role as advanced geriatric nurses in care of older adults and to determine what strategies the nurses considered important in the development of their new role...
March 11, 2018: International Journal of Older People Nursing
Kah Poh Loh, Colin McHugh, Supriya G Mohile, Karen Mustian, Marie Flannery, Heidi Klepin, Rebecca Schnall, Eva Culakova, Erika Ramsdale
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Older adults with cancer have complex medical needs and often experience higher rates of treatment-related toxicities compared to their younger counterparts. The advent of health information technologies can address multiple gaps in the care of this population. We review the role of existing and emerging technologies in facilitating the use of comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) in routine clinics, promoting symptom reporting, and monitoring medication adherence...
March 6, 2018: Current Oncology Reports
Susanne Saal, Gabriele Meyer, Katrin Beutner, Hanna Klingshirn, Ralf Strobl, Eva Grill, Eva Mann, Sascha Köpke, Michel H C Bleijlevens, Gabriele Bartoszek, Anna-Janina Stephan, Julian Hirt, Martin Müller
BACKGROUND: Joint contractures in nursing home residents limit the capacity to perform daily activities and restrict social participation. The purpose of this study was to develop a complex intervention to improve participation in nursing home residents with joint contractures. METHODS: The development followed the UK Medical Research Council framework using a mixed-methods design with re-analysis of existing interview data using a graphic modelling approach, group discussions with nursing home residents, systematic review of intervention studies, structured 2-day workshop with experts in geriatric, nursing, and rehabilitation, and group discussion with professionals in nursing homes...
February 28, 2018: BMC Geriatrics
Irma H J Everink, Jolanda C M van Haastregt, Silvia M A A Evers, Gertrudis I J M Kempen, Jos M G A Schols
BACKGROUND: Integrated care pathways which cover multiple care settings are increasingly used as a tool to structure care, enhance coordination and improve transitions between care settings. However, little is known about their economic impact. The objective of this study is to determine the cost-effectiveness and cost-utility of an integrated care pathway designed for patients with complex health problems transferring from the hospital, a geriatric rehabilitation facility and primary care...
2018: PloS One
Marianne Reimers, Maria Eriksdotter, Åke Seiger, Johan Fastbom
BACKGROUND: The number of drugs prescribed for old people has been rising in recent decades. With increasing age and multiple medications, the risk of complications and drug prescription complexity increases. Multiple changes to prescriptions could be a factor that improves treatment quality. OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to investigate trends in drug prescriptions and factors that contribute to prescription changes. Specific objectives were to find out whether high numbers of prescription changes are significantly correlated with age, sex, comorbidity, length of care episode, and number of drugs...
February 19, 2018: Drugs & Aging
Anne-Marie Boström, Disa K Sommerfeld, Annika W Stenhols, Anna Kiessling
Implementation of evidence-based practice (EBP) is a complex task. This study, conducted in an acute geriatric setting, aims to compare self-reported capability beliefs on EBP between health professionals and students, and to compare the use of EBP between health professional groups. Occupational therapists, physicians, physiotherapists and registered nurses with three or more months' employment, and all students from the occupational therapy, medical, physiotherapy and nursing programs, who had conducted workplace learning at the department, were invited...
2018: PloS One
Martina Lundqvist, Jenny Alwin, Martin Henriksson, Magnus Husberg, Per Carlsson, Anne W Ekdahl
BACKGROUND: Older people with multi-morbidity are increasingly challenging for today's healthcare, and novel, cost-effective healthcare solutions are needed. The aim of this study was to assess the cost-effectiveness of comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) at an ambulatory geriatric unit for people ≥75 years with multi-morbidity. METHOD: The primary outcome was the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) comparing costs and quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) of a CGA strategy with usual care in a Swedish setting...
January 31, 2018: BMC Geriatrics
Laís Ln Pantuzza, Maria das Graças B Ceccato, Micheline R Silveira, Isabela Vl Pinto, Adriano Max M Reis
AIM: To validate and standardize the Brazilian version of the Medication Regimen Complexity Index (MRCI) for older adults in primary healthcare. METHODS: A cross-sectional methodological study was carried out with elderly patients attending primary healthcare centers in southeastern Brazil. Convergent validity was tested by correlating MRCI scores with medication number. Divergent validity was tested by correlating MRCI scores with age, sex, cognition, and basic and instrumental activities of daily living...
January 30, 2018: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
Andrew Kingston, Louise Robinson, Heather Booth, Martin Knapp, Carol Jagger
Background: models projecting future disease burden have focussed on one or two diseases. Little is known on how risk factors of younger cohorts will play out in the future burden of multi-morbidity (two or more concurrent long-term conditions). Design: a dynamic microsimulation model, the Population Ageing and Care Simulation (PACSim) model, simulates the characteristics (sociodemographic factors, health behaviours, chronic diseases and geriatric conditions) of individuals over the period 2014-2040...
January 23, 2018: Age and Ageing
Rajesh R Tampi, Juan Young, Silpa Balachandran, Dhweeja Dasarathy, Deena Tampi
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: To evaluate the ethical, legal and forensic issues that is faced by the older adult population. RECENT FINDINGS: Many older individuals will face a host of ethical, medical and legal issues associated with their care. Most prominent among these issues are the maintenance of autonomy while ensuring their safety and the safety of individuals who care for them. Decisions regarding end of life including the formulation of advance directives add to the complexity of care for these older adults...
January 25, 2018: Current Psychiatry Reports
Meghan Wooster, Alyssa Stassi, Joshua Hill, James Kurtz, Marco Bonta, M Chance Spalding
BACKGROUND: The geriatric trauma population is growing and fraught with poor physiological response to injury and high mortality rates. Our primary hypothesis analyzed how prehospital and in-hospital characteristics affect decision-making regarding continued life support (CLS) versus withdrawal of care (WOC). Our secondary hypothesis analyzed adherence to end-of-life decisions regarding code status, living wills, and advanced directives. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of patients with geriatric trauma at a level I and level II trauma center from January 1, 2007, to December 31, 2014...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
Mario Barbagallo, Ligia J Dominguez, Domenico Cucinotta
Due to aging of the world population, older patients accessing health services are becoming continuously more frequent. This has increased the interest in assessing frailty and vulnerability in all specialties and general medicine. Although the term frailty has been recognized for over 30 years, there is not yet a universally recognized definition, and different care providers assess frailty and vulnerability with dissimilar tools, from very complex to very simple validated scales. Being treated with respect and dignity at the right time and place is the key message, as well as after undergoing a global evaluation both in urgency/emergency and in programmed surgery for all older surgical patients...
January 15, 2018: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
Oleg Kiriaev, Emme Chacko, J D Jurgens, Meagan Ramages, Phillipa Malpas, Gary Cheung
BACKGROUND: People with dementia receive worse end of life care compared to those with cancer. Barriers to undertaking advanced care planning (ACP) in people with dementia include the uncertainty about their capacity to engage in such discussions. The primary aim of this study was to compare the Advance Care Planning-Capacity Assessment Vignette tool (ACP-CAV) with a semi-structured interview adapted from the MacArthur Competence Assessment Tool-Treatment (MacCAT-T). The secondary aim was to identify demographic and cognitive functioning variables that may predict whether a person has capacity to discuss ACP...
January 16, 2018: International Psychogeriatrics
Johannes E Plath, Stefan Förch, Thomas Haufe, Edgar Johann Mayr
Distal humerus fractures show increasing incidence with age. Due to preexisting osteoporosis, the surgeon is regularly confronted with complex comminuted intraarticular fractures. The maintenance of autonomy in daily life and avoidance of permanent care dependency is a dogma in the care of geriatric patients. Accordingly, a stable post-operative situation that allows early functional post-operative treatment is mandatory, especially in the elderly patient. Open reduction and stable internal fixation using double plate osteosynthesis are the current osteosynthetic standard of treatment...
January 11, 2018: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
Owoicho Adogwa, Aladine A Elsamadicy, Amanda R Sergesketter, Michael Ongele, Victoria Vuong, Syed Khalid, Jessica Moreno, Joseph Cheng, Isaac O Karikari, Carlos A Bagley
OBJECTIVE: Interdisciplinary management of elderly patients requiring spine surgery has been shown to improve short and long-term outcomes. The aim of this study is to determine whether an interdisciplinary team approach mitigates use of intensive care unit (ICU) resources. METHODS: A unique co-management model for elderly patients undergoing lumbar fusion surgery was implemented at a major academic medical center. The Peri-operative Optimization of Senior Health Program(POSH) was launched with the aim of improving outcomes in elderly patients(>65-years-old) undergoing complex lumbar spine surgery...
January 6, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Jin-Kyoung Park, Jong-Eun Lee
PURPOSE: To examine factors associated with frailty among the young-old elderly (YOE) and old-old elderly (OOE). METHODS: This longitudinal study with a 3-year follow-up included 486 participants who received home care services. FINDINGS: Precipitous weight loss and depression in the YOE and worsening of complex mobility and depression in the OOE were associated with worsened frailty over the 3-year period. CONCLUSIONS: To prevent frailty, we suggest weight-loss prevention programs for the YOE, lower-limb exercise programs for the OOE, and depression management programs for both groups...
January 5, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Knowledge
Judith Partridge, Magda Sbai, Jugdeep Dhesi
The number of older patients undergoing surgery is increasing due to changing demographics, surgical and anaesthetic advances and shifts in patient expectations of healthcare. The benefits of surgery in older people are well documented and include symptom control and increased life expectancy. However, older surgical patients present not only with the index pathology requiring surgery but with concurrent age related physiological decline, multimorbidity and geriatric syndromes. These additional issues increase the risk of adverse postoperative outcome, in particular of postoperative medical and functional complications...
January 4, 2018: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
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