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Health services research

Section edited by Koen Milisen

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. Content type: Research Article

    Individualized, outreach and structured multicomponent interventions are a promising intervention approach to relieve the burden of informal caregivers of people with dementia. In this study, we adapted and ev...

    Authors: Martin Berwig, Stephanie Heinrich, Jenny Spahlholz, Nina Hallensleben, Elmar Brähler and Hermann-Josef Gertz

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:286

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  2. Content type: Research Article

    Active attitude toward treatment and health (ATH) leads to improved cooperation and better health outcomes in patients. Supporting it in the population of older adults is a growing need in primary care. Recogn...

    Authors: Joanna Chylińska, Magdalena Łazarewicz, Marta Rzadkiewicz, Mirosława Adamus, Mariusz Jaworski, Gørill Haugan, Monica Lillefjel, Geir A. Espnes and Dorota Włodarczyk

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:284

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  3. Content type: Research Article

    Respite services provide a break in the caregiving relationship for people with dementia and their carers, however they are often under-used and service acceptability can be low. This study aims to understand ...

    Authors: Emma O’ Shea, Suzanne Timmons, Eamon O’ Shea, Siobhan Fox and Kate Irving

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:282

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  4. Content type: Research Article

    It remains unclear into which level the systolic blood pressure (SBP) should be lowered in order to provide the best cardiovascular protection among older people. Hypertension guidelines recommendation on atta...

    Authors: Aline A. I. Moraes, Cristina P. Baena, Taulant Muka, Arjola Bano, Adriana Buitrago-Lopez, Ana Zazula, Bruna O. Erbano, Nicolle A. Schio, Murilo H. Guedes, Wichor M. Bramer, Oscar H. Franco and José Rocha Faria-Neto

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:279

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  5. Content type: Research Article

    Achieving choice is proposed as a quality marker. But little is known about what influences preferences especially among older adults. We aimed to determine and compare, across three countries, factors associa...

    Authors: Irene J. Higginson, Barbara A. Daveson, R. Sean Morrison, Deokhee Yi, Diane Meier, Melinda Smith, Karen Ryan, Regina McQuillan, Bridget M. Johnston and Charles Normand

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:271

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  6. Content type: Research Article

    To assess the scope, volume and quality of research on the acceptability, utilisation and effectiveness of telephone- and computer-delivered interventions for caregivers of people living with dementia.

    Authors: Amy Waller, Sophie Dilworth, Elise Mansfield and Rob Sanson-Fisher

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:265

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  7. Content type: Research Article

    Sleep disturbances are widespread among nursing home (NH) patients and associated with numerous negative consequences. Identifying and treating them should therefore be of high clinical priority. No prior stud...

    Authors: Kjersti Marie Blytt, Bjørn Bjorvatn, Bettina Husebo and Elisabeth Flo

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:253

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The prevalence of dementia is expected to increase rapidly, and institutionalization is a common consequence of the disease. Dependence in activities of daily living (ADL) is a predictor for institutionalizati...

    Authors: Marinda Henskens, Ilse M. Nauta, Erik J. A. Scherder, Frits G. J. Oosterveld and Susan Vrijkotte

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:243

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  9. Content type: Research Article

    Antipsychotic medications are not recommended for the management of symptoms of dementia, particularly among persons with no behavioral or psychological symptoms. We examine patterns of antipsychotic medicatio...

    Authors: Sebastian Rios, Christopher M. Perlman, Andrew Costa, George Heckman, John P. Hirdes and Lori Mitchell

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:244

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  10. Content type: Research Article

    Low back pain is a debilitating condition for older adults, who may seek healthcare from multiple providers. Few studies have evaluated impacts of different healthcare delivery models on back pain outcomes in ...

    Authors: Christine M. Goertz, Stacie A. Salsbury, Cynthia R. Long, Robert D. Vining, Andrew A. Andresen, Maria A. Hondras, Kevin J. Lyons, Lisa Z. Killinger, Fredric D. Wolinsky and Robert B. Wallace

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:235

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  11. Content type: Research Article

    Multimorbidity and the associated use of multiple medicines (polypharmacy), is common in the older population. Despite this, there is no consensus definition for polypharmacy. A systematic review was conducted...

    Authors: Nashwa Masnoon, Sepehr Shakib, Lisa Kalisch-Ellett and Gillian E. Caughey

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:230

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  12. Content type: Research Article

    Comfort is frequently ranked important for a good death. Although rising numbers of people are dying in very old age, many with dementia, little is known about symptom control for “older old” people or whether...

    Authors: Jane Fleming, Rowan Calloway, Anouk Perrels, Morag Farquhar, Stephen Barclay and Carol Brayne

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:222

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  13. Content type: Study protocol

    In Germany, the guardianship system provides adults who are no longer able to handle their own affairs a court-appointed legal representative, for support without restriction of legal capacity. Although these ...

    Authors: Julia Lühnen, Burkhard Haastert, Ingrid Mühlhauser and Tanja Richter

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:217

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  14. Content type: Research Article

    The majority of persons with dementia are home-dwelling. To enable these persons to stay in their own homes as long as possible, a holistic, individual and flexible care is recommended. Despite a requirement f...

    Authors: Anette Hansen, Solveig Hauge and Ådel Bergland

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:211

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  15. Content type: Research Article

    To examine the impact of frailty on medical and social care utilisation among the Irish community-dwelling older population to inform strategies of integrated care for older people with complex needs.

    Authors: Lorna Roe, Charles Normand, Maev-Ann Wren, John Browne and Aisling M. O’Halloran

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:203

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  16. Content type: Research Article

    Improved knowledge based on clinical features of chronic pain in older adults would be valuable in terms of patient-orientated approaches and would provide support for health care systems in optimizing health ...

    Authors: Britt Larsson, Björn Gerdle, Lars Bernfort, Lars-Åke Levin and Elena Dragioti

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:200

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  17. Content type: Research Article

    Falls among older adults can cause serious morbidity and pose economic burdens on society. Older age is a known risk factor for falls and age has been shown to influence the effectiveness of fall prevention pr...

    Authors: Wanrudee Isaranuwatchai, Johnna Perdrizet, Maureen Markle-Reid and Jeffrey S. Hoch

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:199

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  18. Content type: Study protocol

    Pharmacotherapy is necessary for the management of many diseases which number increased with aging. However, potentially inappropriate prescriptions and polymedication increases iatrogenic risks and can lead t...

    Authors: Virginie Dauphinot, Elodie Jean-Bart, Pierre Krolak-Salmon and Christelle Mouchoux

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:195

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Although the role of serum procalcitonin (PCT) and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) in the diagnosis of sepsis and septic shock is well studied, it has not been investigated among oldest old patien...

    Authors: Hongmin Zhang, Xiaoting Wang, Qing Zhang, Ying Xia and Dawei Liu

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:173

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  20. Content type: Research Article

    Dementia is a life-limiting condition that is increasing in global prevalence in line with population ageing. In this context, it is necessary to accurately measure dementia knowledge across a spectrum of heal...

    Authors: Michael J. Annear, Chris Toye, Kate-Ellen J. Elliott, Frances McInerney, Claire Eccleston and Andrew Robinson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2017 17:168

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