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  1. Research Article

    Integrated care at home reduces unnecessary hospitalizations of community-dwelling frail older adults: a prospective controlled trial

    Care of frail and dependent older adults with multiple chronic conditions is a major challenge for health care systems. The study objective was to test the efficacy of providing integrated care at home to redu...

    Laura Di Pollina, Idris Guessous, Véronique Petoud, Christophe Combescure, Bertrand Buchs, Philippe Schaller, Michel Kossovsky and Jean-Michel Gaspoz

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:53

    Published on: 14 February 2017

  2. Research Article

    Persistent use of psychotropic drugs in nursing home residents in Norway

    The prevalence of psychotropic drug (PTD) use in NH residents is high, but few have explored prevalence and persistency in PTD in NH residents and factors associated with persistency. This at the same time as ...

    Anne-Sofie Helvik, Jūratė Šaltytė Benth, Bei Wu, Knut Engedal and Geir Selbæk

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:52

    Published on: 13 February 2017

  3. Research Article

    Longevity and gender as the risk factors of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections in southern Poland

    The proportion of older people among the general population has risen. Staphylococcus aureus (SA) constitutes a significant problem. Underlying disease and functional debility, predispose the older adult to staph...

    Monika Pomorska-Wesołowska, Anna Różańska, Joanna Natkaniec, Barbara Gryglewska, Anna Szczypta, Mirosława Dzikowska, Agnieszka Chmielarczyk and Jadwiga Wójkowska-Mach

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:51

    Published on: 10 February 2017

  4. Research Article

    Disability in long-term care residents explained by prevalent geriatric syndromes, not long-term care home characteristics: a cross-sectional study

    Self-care disability is dependence on others to conduct activities of daily living, such as bathing, eating and dressing. Among long-term care residents, self-care disability lowers quality of life and increas...

    Natasha E. Lane, Walter P. Wodchis, Cynthia M. Boyd and Thérèse A. Stukel

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:49

    Published on: 10 February 2017

  5. Research Article

    The prevalence and incidence of frailty in Pre-diabetic and diabetic community-dwelling older population: results from Beijing longitudinal study of aging II (BLSA-II)

    Various factors including cardio-metabolic disorders are found to be correlated with frailty. With the increase in age, older adults are likely to have elevated blood glucose level. In this study we intend to ...

    Jagadish Kumar Chhetri, Zheng Zheng, Xitong Xu, Cuihong Ma and Piu Chan

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:47

    Published on: 8 February 2017

  6. Research Article

    Racial and ethnic differences in smoking changes after chronic disease diagnosis among middle-aged and older adults in the United States

    Middle-aged and older Americans from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds are at risk for greater chronic disease morbidity than their white counterparts. Cigarette smoking increases the severity of ...

    Ana R. Quiñones, Corey L. Nagel, Jason T. Newsom, Nathalie Huguet, Paige Sheridan and Stephen M. Thielke

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:48

    Published on: 8 February 2017

  7. Research Article

    Oral Health and nutritional status in nursing home residents—results of an explorative cross-sectional pilot study

    This study was performed to assess oral and nutritional status of nursing home residents in a region of Lower Saxony, Germany. The aim was to show potential associations between oral status (dentate or edentul...

    Dirk Ziebolz, Christine Werner, Gerhard Schmalz, Ina Nitschke, Rainer Haak, Rainer F. Mausberg and Jean-François Chenot

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:39

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  8. Research Article

    The severity and associated factors of participation restriction among community-dwelling frail older people: an application of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (WHO-ICF)

    The International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (WHO-ICF) describes participation restriction as one aspect of disability. Participation restriction refers to health problems that can h...

    Justina Yat Wa LIU

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:43

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  9. Research Article

    A protective personal factor against disability and dependence in the elderly: an ordinal regression analysis with nine geographically-defined samples from Spain

    Sense of Coherence (SOC) is defined as a tendency to perceive life experiences as comprehensible, manageable and meaningful. The construct is split in three major domains: Comprehensibility, Manageability, and...

    Javier Virues-Ortega, Saturio Vega, Manuel Seijo-Martinez, Pedro Saz, Fernanda Rodriguez, Angel Rodriguez-Laso, Susana Perez de las Heras, Raimundo Mateos, Pablo Martinez-Martin, Ignacio Mahillo-Fernandez, Josep Garre-Olmo, Jordi Gascon, Francisco Jose Garcia-Garcia, Manuel Fernandez-Martinez, Felix Bermejo-Pareja, Alberto Bergareche…

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:42

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  10. Research Article

    The psychometric properties of the Chinese version—reintegration to normal living index (C-RNLI) for identifying participation restriction among community-dwelling frail older people

    The Reintegration to Normal Living Index (RNLI) was developed to measure reintegration to normal living after major traumas/illnesses. Its psychometric properties remain unknown when used to measure participat...

    Justina Yat-Wa Liu and Ka Wai Ma

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:41

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  11. Research article

    Managing multiple chronic conditions in the community: a Canadian qualitative study of the experiences of older adults, family caregivers and healthcare providers

    The prevalence of multiple chronic conditions (MCC) among older persons is increasing worldwide and is associated with poor health status and high rates of healthcare utilization and costs. Current health and ...

    Jenny Ploeg, Nancy Matthew-Maich, Kimberly Fraser, Sinéad Dufour, Carrie McAiney, Sharon Kaasalainen, Maureen Markle-Reid, Ross Upshur, Laura Cleghorn and Anna Emili

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:40

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  12. Research Article

    Life-space and movement behavior in nursing home residents: results of a new sensor-based assessment and associated factors

    Studies on life-space (LS) and its determinants have previously been limited to community-dwelling subjects but are lacking in institutionalized older persons. The purpose of this study was to provide an advan...

    Carl-Philipp Jansen, Mona Diegelmann, Eva-Luisa Schnabel, Hans-Werner Wahl and Klaus Hauer

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:36

    Published on: 28 January 2017

  13. Study protocol

    Supporting clinical rules engine in the adjustment of medication (SCREAM): protocol of a multicentre, prospective, randomised study

    In the nursing home population, it is estimated that 1 in every 3 patients is polymedicated and given their considerable frailty, these patients are especially prone to adverse drug reactions. Clinical pharmac...

    Carlota Mestres Gonzalvo, Hugo A. J. M. de Wit, Brigit P. C. van Oijen, Kim P. G. M. Hurkens, Rob Janknegt, Jos M. G. A. Schols, Wubbo J. Mulder, Frans R. Verhey, Bjorn Winkens and Paul-Hugo M. van der Kuy

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:35

    Published on: 26 January 2017

  14. Commentary

    Problems of video-based pain detection in patients with dementia: a road map to an interdisciplinary solution

    Given the unreliable self-report in patients with dementia, pain assessment should also rely on the observation of pain behaviors, such as facial expressions. Ideal observers should be well trained and should ...

    Miriam Kunz, Dominik Seuss, Teena Hassan, Jens U. Garbas, Michael Siebers, Ute Schmid, Michael Schöberl and Stefan Lautenbacher

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:33

    Published on: 26 January 2017

  15. Research Article

    Variation in use of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes in the United States: A systematic review

    The use of antipsychotic medications (APMs) in nursing home residents in the U.S. is an increasingly prominent issue and has been associated with increased risk of hospitalization, cardiovascular events, hip f...

    Hannah Cioltan, Samah Alshehri, Carol Howe, Jeannie Lee, Mindy Fain, Howard Eng, Kenneth Schachter and Jane Mohler

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:32

    Published on: 26 January 2017

  16. Research Article

    Long-term mortality in older patients discharged after acute decompensated heart failure: a prospective cohort study

    Data are available on short- and intermediate-term mortality rates after discharge for acutely decompensated heart failure (ADHF). However, few studies specifically addressed ADHF outcomes in patients aged 75 ...

    Pierre-André Natella, Philippe Le Corvoisier, Elena Paillaud, Bertrand Renaud, Isabelle Mahé, Jean-François Bergmann, Hervé Perchet, Dominique Mottier, Olivier Montagne and Sylvie Bastuji-Garin

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:34

    Published on: 26 January 2017

  17. Research Article

    How does washing without water perform compared to the traditional bed bath: a systematic review

    For immobile patients, a body wash in bed is sometimes the only bathing option. Traditionally, the bed bath is performed with water and soap. However, alternatives are increasingly used in health care. Washing...

    Fabian M. V. Groven, Sandra M. G. Zwakhalen, Gaby Odekerken-Schröder, Erik J. T. Joosten and Jan P. H. Hamers

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:31

    Published on: 25 January 2017

  18. Research Article

    The temporal impact of aging on the burden of herpes zoster

    The risk of Herpes Zoster (HZ) increases with age and various studies have also demonstrated an increasing HZ incidence globally. Simultaneously, the global trend of an aging population has placed a greater bu...

    Lijoy Varghese, Baudouin Standaert, Antonio Olivieri and Desmond Curran

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:30

    Published on: 23 January 2017

  19. Research Article

    Prevalence of frailty in Canadians 18–79 years old in the Canadian Health Measures Survey

    There is little certainty as to the prevalence of frailty in Canadians in younger adulthood. This study examines and compares the prevalence of frailty in Canadians 18–79 years old using the Accumulation of De...

    Dustin Scott Kehler, Thomas Ferguson, Andrew N. Stammers, Clara Bohm, Rakesh C. Arora, Todd A. Duhamel and Navdeep Tangri

    BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:28

    Published on: 21 January 2017

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