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Health services research

The section considers manuscripts on management of elderly healthcare, practitioner/nursing viewpoints, finance (from a health service perspective), intensive care, systems, emergency care, admissions data/management, prescribing practices/errors, decision making, care homes/facilities, technology.

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  1. Body movement-controlled video games involving physical motion and visual attention may have the potential to train both abilities simultaneously. Our purpose was to determine the associations between performa...

    Authors: Mansour Alghamdi, Lori Ann Vallis and Susan Jennifer Leat

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:405

    Content type: Research

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  2. Stepping into the role of an unpaid caregiver to offer help is often considered a natural expectation of family members or friends. In Canada, such contributions are substantial in terms of healthcare provisio...

    Authors: Susan Law, Ilja Ormel, Stephanie Babinski, Kerry Kuluski and Amélie Quesnel-Vallée

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:404

    Content type: Research article

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  3. An accurate understanding of the current state of end-of-life care is important for healthcare planning. The objectives of this study were to examine the trajectories of end-of-life medical and long-term care ...

    Authors: Emi Teraoka, Susumu Kunisawa and Yuichi Imanaka

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:403

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Older people’s oral health has improved, and many retain their natural teeth throughout their life. However, their daily oral care can be more difficult because of compromised general health and the reduced ca...

    Authors: Susanne Koistinen, Katri Ståhlnacke, Lena Olai, Anna Ehrenberg and Eva Carlsson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:388

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Available evidence suggests that cognitive impairment (CI), which leads to deficits in episodic memory, executive functions, visual attention, and language, is associated with difficulties in the capacity to p...

    Authors: John P. Ansah, Chi-Tsun Chiu, Aloysius Chia Wei-Yan, Tessa Lui Shi Min and David B. Matchar

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:380

    Content type: Research article

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  6. The aging population is an increasing concern in Western hospital systems. The aim of this study was to describe the main characteristics and hospitalization patterns in inpatients aged 85 years or more in Spa...

    Authors: Sergio Palacios-Fernandez, Mario Salcedo, Gregorio Gonzalez-Alcaide and Jose-Manuel Ramos-Rincon

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:371

    Content type: Research article

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  7. The importance of SA (Successful aging) has been emphasized in recent years, with focus shifting towards attaining healthier aging rather than longevity. However, the influence of SA and its changes on mental ...

    Authors: Fatima Nari, Bich Na Jang, Selin Kim, Wonjeong Jeong, Sung-In Jang and Eun-Cheol Park

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:352

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Older people living in residential aged care homes experience frequent emergency transfers to hospital. These events are associated with risks of hospital acquired complications and invasive treatments or inte...

    Authors: Hannah E. Carter, Xing J. Lee, Alison Farrington, Carla Shield, Nicholas Graves, Elizabeth V. Cyarto, Lynne Parkinson, Florin I. Oprescu, Claudia Meyer, Jeffrey Rowland, Trudy Dwyer and Gillian Harvey

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:347

    Content type: Study protocol

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  9. Knowledge is scarce on how needs for home help and special housing evolve among older people who begin to receive support from municipal social care. The purpose of this study was to describe baseline distribu...

    Authors: Magnus Zingmark and Fredrik Norström

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:342

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Age is considered as one of the most important risk-factor for many types of solid and hematological cancers, as their incidence increases with age in parallel to the ever-growing elderly population. Moreover,...

    Authors: Abdurraouf Mokhtar Mahmoud, Federica Biello, Paola Maria Maggiora, Riccardo Bruna, Giovanni Burrafato, Miriam Cappelli, Feba Varughese, Veronica Martini, Francesca Platini, Clara Deambrogi, Andrea Patriarca, Maura Nicolosi, Ajay ram Vachanaram, Carla Pisani, Eleonora Ferrara, Elvira Catania…

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:320

    Content type: Study protocol

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  11. Long-term care units’ residents do not constitute a homogeneous population. Providing effective care, tailored to individual needs, is crucial in this context. It can be facilitated by suitable tools and metho...

    Authors: Sławomir Tobis, Krystyna Jaracz, Sylwia Kropińska, Dorota Talarska, Juanita Hoe, Katarzyna Wieczorowska-Tobis and Aleksandra Suwalska

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:316

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Chronic disease management models of care provide an opportunity to assist home care clients to manage their disease burden. However, pragmatic trial management practices and lessons learned from such models a...

    Authors: Darly Dash, Connie Schumacher, Aaron Jones and Andrew P. Costa

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:303

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Understanding the specific characteristics of the patients with dementia is essential in developing services required to meet their needs. The purpose of this study was to investigate the patterns of use of ho...

    Authors: Wen-Fu Wang, Yung-Yu Su, Kai-Ming Jhang and Chun-Min Chen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:290

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) are common among nursing homes (NH) residents, as is polypharmacy. Deprescribing has emerged in the past decade as a safe and effective way to reduce the use of PIM...

    Authors: Damien Cateau, Pierluigi Ballabeni and Anne Niquille

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:289

    Content type: Research article

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  15. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is a threat to ongoing clinical trials necessitating regular face-to-face, in-person meetings, particularly in participants with a high risk of complications. G...

    Authors: G. S. Kienle, P. Werthmann, B. Grotejohann, T. Hundhammer, C. Schmoor, Ch Stumpe, S. Voigt-Radloff and R. Huber

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:287

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Fear of falling (FoF) and physical activity (PA) are important psychological and behavioral factors associated with falls. No instrument quantifies the link between these two factors to evaluate the risk of fa...

    Authors: Jing X. Wang, Lin Y. Chen, Yan N. Jiang, Ling Ni, Jie M. Sheng and Xia Shen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:275

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Musculoskeletal conditions are the primary reason older adults seek general medical care, resulting in older adults as the highest consumers of health care services. While there is high use of chiropractic car...

    Authors: Katie de Luca, Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, Martha Funabashi, Silvano Mior and Simon D. French

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:271

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Informal caregiving for people with dementia can negatively impact caregivers’ health. In Asia-Pacific regions, growing dementia incidence has made caregiver burnout a pressing public health issue. A cross-sec...

    Authors: Crystal Y. Chan, Gary Cheung, Adrian Martinez-Ruiz, Patsy Y. K. Chau, Kailu Wang, E. K. Yeoh and Eliza L. Y. Wong

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:261

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Older people living with frailty are often exposed to polypharmacy and potential harm from medications. Targeted deprescribing in this population represents an important component of optimizing medication. Thi...

    Authors: Kinda Ibrahim, Natalie J. Cox, Jennifer M. Stevenson, Stephen Lim, Simon D. S. Fraser and Helen C. Roberts

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:258

    Content type: Research article

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  20. During a disaster, home-based care fills the critical need for continuation of health care. Home-based care is intended to function using existing care delivery models, continuing to provide care for patients ...

    Authors: Sue Anne Bell, Lydia K. Krienke, Sarah Dickey and Raymond G. De Vries

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:235

    Content type: Research article

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  21. The elder population suffered from social, economic, and health (which includes physical) related problems. Thus, these problems are complex and interrelated, thereby requiring specific knowledge and expertise...

    Authors: Erkihun Tadesse Amsalu, Tesfaye Alemayehu Messele and Metadel Adane

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:227

    Content type: Research article

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  22. This study describes the process evaluation of an intervention developed to reduce fear of falling (FoF) after hip fracture, within an inpatient geriatric rehabilitation setting. This ‘FIT-HIP intervention’ is...

    Authors: Maaike N. Scheffers-Barnhoorn, Monica van Eijk, Jos M. G. A. Schols, Romke van Balen, Gertrudis I. J. M. Kempen, Wilco P. Achterberg and Jolanda C. M. van Haastregt

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:224

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Most people with dementia (PwD) are cared for at home, with general practitioners (GPs) playing a key part in the treatment. However, primary dementia care suffers from a number of shortcomings: Often, diagnos...

    Authors: Isabella Bablok, Harald Binder, Dominikus Stelzer, Klaus Kaier, Erika Graf, Julian Wangler, Michael Jansky, Michael Löhr, Michael Schulz, Marie Kockläuner, Katharina Geschke, Alexandra Wuttke-Linnemann, Andreas Fellgiebel and Erik Farin

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:222

    Content type: Study protocol

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  24. Many hospitalized older adults cannot be discharged because they lack the health and social support to meet their post-acute care needs. Transitional care programs (TCPs) are designed to provide short-term and...

    Authors: Katherine S. McGilton, Shirin Vellani, Alexandra Krassikova, Sheryl Robertson, Constance Irwin, Alexia Cumal, Jennifer Bethell, Elaine Burr, Margaret Keatings, Sandra McKay, Kathryn Nichol, Martine Puts, Anita Singh and Souraya Sidani

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:210

    Content type: Research article

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  25. At present, the provision of informal care to older relatives is an essential pillar of the long-term care system in Germany. However, the impact of demographic and social changes on informal caregiving remain...

    Authors: Lea de Jong, Jona Theodor Stahmeyer, Sveja Eberhard, Jan Zeidler and Kathrin Damm

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:207

    Content type: Research article

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  26. The health care situation of geriatric patients is often multifaceted, complex and often overlaps with social living conditions. Due to the lack of cross-sectoral and interprofessional health care geriatric pa...

    Authors: Simone Gloystein, Friederike Thomé, Katja Goetz, Nicole Warkentin, Karola Mergenthal, Fabian Engler, Volker Amelung, Matthias Arnold, Felix Freigang, Ann-Kathrin Klähn, Sonja Laag and Neeltje van den Berg

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:183

    Content type: Study protocol

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  27. Following a hip fracture up to 60% of patients are unable to regain their pre-fracture level of mobility. For hospitalized older adults, the deconditioning effect of bedrest and functional decline has been ide...

    Authors: Lynn Haslam-Larmer, Catherine Donnelly, Mohammad Auais, Kevin Woo and Vincent DePaul

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:181

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Married female caregivers face a higher risk of an informal care burden than other caregivers. No study has explored the effect of socioeconomic status (SES) on the intensity of informal care provided by marri...

    Authors: Yi Wang, Jiajia Li, Lulu Ding, Yuejing Feng, Xue Tang, Long Sun and Chengchao Zhou

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:164

    Content type: Research article

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  29. The impact of dementia for communication skills can result in difficulties in social interactions between people with dementia and their conversation partner, as initiating and maintaining conversations become...

    Authors: Viktoria Hoel, Carine Mendom Feunou and Karin Wolf-Ostermann

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:157

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Older patients suffering from multimorbidity are at high risk of medication nonadherence. It has been well established that self-management support is an effective strategy to enhance medication adherence for ...

    Authors: Chen Yang, Zhaozhao Hui, Dejian Zeng, Song Zhu, Xiuhua Wang, Diana Tze Fan Lee and Sek Ying Chair

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:152

    Content type: Study protocol

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  31. The challenges imposed by ageing populations will confront health care systems in the years to come. Hospital owners are concerned about the increasing number of acute admissions of older citizens and preventi...

    Authors: Anders Fournaise, Jørgen T. Lauridsen, Mickael Bech, Uffe K. Wiil, Jesper B. Rasmussen, Kristian Kidholm, Kurt Espersen and Karen Andersen-Ranberg

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:146

    Content type: Study protocol

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  32. Policy makers and care providers see assistive technology and telecare as potential products to support people with dementia to live independently in their homes and communities. Previous research rarely exami...

    Authors: Matthew Lariviere, Fiona Poland, John Woolham, Stanton Newman and Chris Fox

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:121

    Content type: Research article

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  33. The use of potentially inappropriate medication (PIM) in population of older adults may result in adverse drug events (ADE) already after short term exposure, especially when it is prescribed to patients with ...

    Authors: Safoura Sheikh Rezaei, Hana Šinkovec, Alexander Schöberl, Christoph Rinner, Georg Heinze, Michael Wolzt and Walter Gall

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:117

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Emergency department (ED) care of older patients is often complex. Geriatric ED guidelines can help to meet this challenge. However, training requirements, the use of time-consuming tools for comprehensive ger...

    Authors: Jenny Liu, Therese Palmgren, Sari Ponzer, Italo Masiello and Nasim Farrokhnia

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:115

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Prevalence of hearing loss increases with age. Its estimated prevalence is 40–50 % in people over 75 years of age. Recent studies agree that declinein hearing threshold contribute to deterioration in sociality...

    Authors: Domenico Cuda, Sara Ghiselli and Alessandra Murri

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:107

    Content type: Study protocol

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  36. Advance care planning (ACP) is a process that enables individuals to describe, in advance, the kind of health care they would want in the future. There is evidence that ACP reduces hospital-based interventions...

    Authors: Michelle B. Cox, Margaret J. McGregor, Madison Huggins, Paige Moorhouse, Laurie Mallery and Katie Bauder

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:97

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Combining observation principles and geriatric care concepts is considered a promising strategy for risk-stratification of older patients with emergency care needs. We aimed to map the structure and processes ...

    Authors: Pieter Heeren, Annabelle Hendrikx, Janne Ceyssens, Els Devriendt, Mieke Deschodt, Didier Desruelles, Johan Flamaing, Marc Sabbe and Koen Milisen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:95

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Informal caregivers of persons living with dementia have an increased risk of adverse mental health effects. It is therefore important to systematically summarize published literature in order to find out whic...

    Authors: Henrik Wiegelmann, Sarah Speller, Lisa-Marie Verhaert, Liane Schirra-Weirich and Karin Wolf-Ostermann

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:94

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Older adults hospitalized following a fall often encounter preventable adverse events when transitioning from hospital to home. Discharge planning interventions developed to prevent these events do not all pro...

    Authors: Véronique Provencher, Monia D’Amours, Matthew Menear, Natasa Obradovic, Nathalie Veillette, Marie-Josée Sirois and Marie-Jeanne Kergoat

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:84

    Content type: Research article

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  40. In Japan, approximately half of all lung cancer patients are aged > 75 years, and the proportion of older patients is increasing. In older patients, it is necessary to consider comorbidities and concomitant dr...

    Authors: Yukari Tsubata, Shun Shinomiya, Koji Inoue, Nobuhisa Ishikawa, Ryota Saito, Kazuhisa Nakashima, Katsuyuki Hotta, Akinobu Hamada, Fumio Nagashima, Yuichi Ando, Satoshi Morita, Kunihiko Kobayashi and Takeshi Isobe

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:74

    Content type: Study protocol

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  41. Perioperative medicine services for older surgical patients are being developed across several countries. This qualitative study aims to explore geriatricians’ perspectives on challenges and opportunities for ...

    Authors: Janani Thillainadesan, Jesse Jansen, Jacqui Close, Sarah Hilmer and Vasi Naganathan

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:68

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Caregivers of persons with dementia (PWD) face high caregiving burden, distress related to responsive behaviours, and psychiatric morbidity. The present paper examines how these are associated with healthcare ...

    Authors: Jue Hua Lau, Edimansyah Abdin, Anitha Jeyagurunathan, Esmond Seow, Li Ling Ng, Janhavi Ajit Vaingankar, Siow Ann Chong and Mythily Subramaniam

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:67

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  43. The transition to residential care facilities can be stressful for older people, entailing numerous challenges. Many qualitative studies focused on the adjustment and the experiences associated with older adul...

    Authors: Changxian Sun, Yaping Ding, Yan Cui, Shuqin Zhu, Xianwen Li, Shen Chen, Rong Zhou and Yiting Yu

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:64

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  44. While the field of rehabilitation has determined a common definition of professional practice, legislators and healthcare professionals in various Western countries have struggled to reach consensus about how ...

    Authors: Amy Clotworthy, Sasmita Kusumastuti and Rudi G. J. Westendorp

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2021 21:61

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