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Table 1 Themes from the older persons and carer focus group

From: Standard set of health outcome measures for older persons

Amongst many discussed, the groups felt the following were most important: However, there were a few new topics and points to consider:
• Social and community participation • Independence and remaining in own home • Quality of life and wellbeing • Avoiding inappropriate discharges and readmissions • Isolation • Loneliness and friendship • Physical disabilities – hearing, vision, continence, mobility • Hobbies and activities • Access to 24 h healthcare and social services • Avoiding falls • Delaying frailty • Care and respite for the carer • Malnutrition, weight loss and appetite • Physical symptom burden • Pain • Sleep quality • Survival/mortality was seen as being less important than other outcomes – instead seen as inevitable and expected • Role in society e.g. formal/informal job or volunteering • Consistency of medical service/single coordinator of care