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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

    Admission to an acute hospital can be distressing and disorientating for a person with dementia, and is associated with decline in cognitive and functional ability. The objective of this audit was to assess th...

    Authors: Suzanne Timmons, Emma O’Shea, Desmond O’Neill, Paul Gallagher, Anna de Siún, Denise McArdle, Patricia Gibbons and Sean Kennelly

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:113

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Multiple factors influence the end-of-life (EoL) care and experience of poor quality services by culturally- and spiritually-diverse groups. Access to EoL services e.g. health and social supports at home or in...

    Authors: Mei Lan Fang, Judith Sixsmith, Shane Sinclair and Glen Horst

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:107

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Older people living in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) are a vulnerable, frail and complex population. They are more likely than people who reside in the community to become acutely unwell, present to ...

    Authors: Carolyn Hullick, Jane Conway, Isabel Higgins, Jacqueline Hewitt, Sophie Dilworth, Elizabeth Holliday and John Attia

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:102

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Frailty can be defined as a progressive loss of reserve and adaptive capacity associated with an overall deterioration in health that can result in disability, loss of independence, hospitalisation, extensive ...

    Authors: Ana Diez-Ruiz, Antonio Bueno-Errandonea, Jazmina Nuñez-Barrio, Inmaculada Sanchez-Martín, Kalliopi Vrotsou and Itziar Vergara

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:91

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Admission to hospital can lead to persistent deterioration in physical functioning, particularly for the more vulnerable older population. As a result of this physical deterioration, older people who have been...

    Authors: I. Farag, K. Howard, S. O’Rourke, M. L. Ferreira, S. R. Lord, J. C. T. Close, C. Vogler, C. M. Dean, R. G. Cumming and C. Sherrington

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:82

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Antibiotics are highly utilized in nursing homes. The aim of the study was to test the effectiveness of a decision-making aid for urinary tract infection management on reducing antibiotic prescriptions for sus...

    Authors: Darcy K. McMaughan, Obioma Nwaiwu, Hongwei Zhao, Elizabeth Frentzel, David Mehr, Sara Imanpour, Steven Garfinkel and Charles D. Phillips

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:81

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Frameworks exist to evaluate the appropriateness of medication regimens for older patients with multiple medical conditions (MCCs). Less is known about how to translate the concepts of the frameworks into spec...

    Authors: Terri R. Fried, Kristina Niehoff, Jennifer Tjia, Nancy Redeker and Mary K. Goldstein

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:67

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:123

  8. Content type: Research article

    In the Netherlands, various organisational models of dementia case management exist. In this study the following four models are distinguished, based on differences in the availability of the service and in th...

    Authors: José M. Peeters, Anne Margriet Pot, Jacomine de Lange, Peter M. Spreeuwenberg and Anneke L. Francke

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:65

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  9. Content type: Research article

    In nursing home residents, it is not possible to distinguish pneumonia and aspiration pneumonia clinically. International literature reveals no consensus on which and how many characteristics and risk indicato...

    Authors: Vanessa Hollaar, Claar van der Maarel-Wierink, Gert-Jan van der Putten, Wil van der Sanden, Bert de Swart and Cees de Baat

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:60

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Person-centredness is promoted as a central feature of the long-term care of older adults. Measures are needed to assist researchers, service planners and regulators in assessing this feature of quality. Howev...

    Authors: Mark Wilberforce, David Challis, Linda Davies, Michael P. Kelly, Chris Roberts and Nik Loynes

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:63

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  11. Content type: Study protocol

    In France, for patients aged 75 or older, it has been estimated that the hospital readmission rate within 30 days is 14 %, a quarter being avoidable. Some evidence suggests that interventions “bridging” the tr...

    Authors: Pauline Occelli, Sandrine Touzet, Muriel Rabilloud, Christell Ganne, Stéphanie Poupon Bourdy, Béatrice Galamand, Matthieu Debray, André Dartiguepeyrou, Michel Chuzeville, Brigitte Comte, Basile Turkie, Magali Tardy, Jean-Stéphane Luiggi, Thierry Jacquet-Francillon, Thomas Gilbert and Marc Bonnefoy

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:57

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  12. Content type: Research article

    This study explored the effectiveness of a pro-active, integrated care model for community-dwelling frail older people compared to care as usual by evaluating the effects on a comprehensive set of outcomes: he...

    Authors: Wilhelmina Mijntje Looman, Isabelle Natalina Fabbricotti, Ruben de Kuyper and Robbert Huijsman

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:43

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The involvement of users is recommended in the development of health related technologies, in order to address their needs and preferences and to improve the daily usage of these technologies.

    Authors: Friederike JS Thilo, Barbara Hürlimann, Sabine Hahn, Selina Bilger, Jos MGA Schols and Ruud JG Halfens

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:42

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Residential aged care is an increasingly important health setting due to population ageing and the increase in age-related conditions, such as dementia. However, medical education has limited engagement with t...

    Authors: Michael J. Annear, Emma Lea, Amanda Lo, Laura Tierney and Andrew Robinson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:38

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  15. Content type: Research article

    In European countries, knowledge about availability and utilization of support for informal caregivers caring for older persons (≥65 years) with dementia (PwD) is lacking. To be able to evaluate and develop th...

    Authors: Connie Lethin, Helena Leino-Kilpi, Brenda Roe, Maria Martin Soto, Kai Saks, Astrid Stephan, Sandra Zwakhalen, Adelaida Zabalegui and Staffan Karlsson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:32

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Nursing home (NH) patients have complex health problems, disabilities and needs for Advance Care Planning (ACP). The implementation of ACP in NHs is a neglected research topic, yet it may optimize the interven...

    Authors: E. Flo, B. S. Husebo, P. Bruusgaard, E. Gjerberg, L. Thoresen, L. Lillemoen and R. Pedersen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:24

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  17. Content type: Research article

    One of the primary reasons for hospitalisation among elderly individuals with heart failure (HF) is poor self-care. Self-awareness of having HF may be a key-element in successful self-care. The prevalence of s...

    Authors: Suzana Selan, Arkadiusz Siennicki-Lantz, Johan Berglund and Cecilia Fagerström

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:23

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  18. Content type: Study protocol

    Because the demand for government-subsidized nursing homes in Hong Kong outstrips the supply, the number of for-profit private nursing homes has been increasing rapidly. However, the standard of care in such h...

    Authors: Enid Wai-yung Kwong, Paul Hong Lee and Kwan-mo Yeung

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:20

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Worldwide, there is a growing population of older people who develop dementia in a country other than that of their origin. When their dementia has reached an advanced stage, residential care is most often nee...

    Authors: Sirpa Pietilä Rosendahl, Mirkka Söderman and Monir Mazaheri

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2016 16:18

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