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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. Geriatric evaluation and management has become standard care for community dwelling older adults following an acute admission to hospital. It is unclear whether this approach is beneficial for the frailest old...

    Authors: Penelope Harvey, Meg Storer, David John Berlowitz, Bruce Jackson, Anastasia Hutchinson and Wen Kwang Lim

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:48

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Frail older people with mental health problems including delirium, dementia and depression are often admitted to general hospitals. However, hospital admission may cause distress, and can be associated with co...

    Authors: Alex Glover, Lucy E Bradshaw, Nicola Watson, Emily Laithwaite, Sarah E Goldberg, Kathy H Whittamore and Rowan H Harwood

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:43

    Content type: Research article

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  3. The use of physical restraints by family caregivers with home-dwelling elders has not been extensively studied but it might be widespread. Furthermore, it is also not clear how home care providers who support ...

    Authors: Sadami Kurata and Toshiyuki Ojima

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:39

    Content type: Research article

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  4. There are several risk factors for the colonisation, infection and spreading of antibiotic resistant bacteria among elderly residents of nursing homes. An updated estimate of the native prevalence of antimicro...

    Authors: Pär-Daniel Sundvall, Marie Elm, Ronny Gunnarsson, Sigvard Mölstad, Nils Rodhe, Lars Jonsson and Peter Ulleryd

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:30

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Home visiting nurses (HVNs) have long been part of home and community-based care interventions designed to meet the needs of functionally declining older adults. However, only one of the studies including HVNs...

    Authors: Bruce Friedman, Yanen Li, Dianne V Liebel and Bethel A Powers

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:24

    Content type: Research article

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  6. The evidence of undertreatment of pain in patients with dementia is inconsistent. This may largely be due to methodological differences and shortcomings of studies. In a large cohort of patients with incident ...

    Authors: Falk Hoffmann, Hendrik van den Bussche, Birgitt Wiese, Gerd Glaeske and Hanna Kaduszkiewicz

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:20

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Despite the growing demand for home care and preliminary evidence suggesting that the use of restraint is common practice in home care, research about restraint use in this setting is scarce.

    Authors: Kristien Scheepmans, Bernadette Dierckx de Casterlé, Louis Paquay, Hendrik Van Gansbeke, Steven Boonen and Koen Milisen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:17

    Content type: Research article

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  8. In Japan, there is no decision-making guide regarding long-term tube feeding that specifically targets individuals making decisions on behalf of cognitively impaired older persons (substitute decision makers)....

    Authors: Yumiko Kuraoka and Kazuhiro Nakayama

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:16

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Multimorbidity is common in advanced age, and is usually associated with negative – yet to some extent preventable – health outcomes. Detecting comorbid conditions is especially difficult in individuals with d...

    Authors: Kathrin Bauer, Larissa Schwarzkopf, Elmar Graessel and Rolf Holle

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:10

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Maintenance of communication is important for people with dementia living in long-term care. The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of using “Giraff”, a telepresence robot to enhance engagemen...

    Authors: Wendy Moyle, Cindy Jones, Marie Cooke, Siobhan O’Dwyer, Billy Sung and Suzie Drummond

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:7

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Both Australia and China have a large proportion of people with dementia and the prevalence will triple in Australia and increase five times in China by 2050. The majority of people with dementia are reliant o...

    Authors: Lily Dongxia Xiao, Jing Wang, Guo-Ping He, Anita De Bellis, Jenny Verbeeck and Helena Kyriazopoulos

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:6

    Content type: Research article

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  12. The Memory Services National Accreditation Programme states that memory services should provide “timely access to assessment and diagnosis” of dementia. We undertook a quality improvement project using Plan-Do...

    Authors: Jennifer Perry, Francesca Bell, Therese Shaw, Barbara Fitzpatrick and Elizabeth L Sampson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:4

    Content type: Correspondence

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  13. It is known that interprofessional collaboration is crucial for integrated care delivery, yet we are still unclear about the underlying mechanisms explaining effectiveness of integrated care delivery to older ...

    Authors: Jacqueline M Hartgerink, Jane M Cramm, Annemarie JBM de Vos, Ton JEM Bakker, Ewout W Steyerberg, Johan P Mackenbach and Anna P Nieboer

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2014 14:3

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Primary care physicians routinely provide dementia care, but may lack the clinical skills and awareness of available resources to provide optimal care. We conducted a community-based pilot dementia training in...

    Authors: Christine R Lathren, Philip D Sloane, Joseph D Hoyle, Sheryl Zimmerman and Daniel I Kaufer

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:134

    Content type: Research article

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  15. This paper describe the development of interRAI’s second-generation home care quality indicators (HC-QIs). They are derived from two of interRAI’s widely used community assessments: the Community Health Assess...

    Authors: John N Morris, Brant E Fries, Dinnus Frijters, John P Hirdes and R Knight Steel

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:127

    Content type: Research article

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  16. In Germany, the number of people with dementia living in nursing homes is rapidly increasing. Providing adequate care for their special needs is a challenge for institutions and their staff members. Because of...

    Authors: Rebecca Palm, Kerstin Köhler, Christian GG Schwab, Sabine Bartholomeyczik and Bernhard Holle

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:123

    Content type: Study protocol

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  17. As the population ages, the relative and absolute number of age-associated diseases such as dementia will increase. Evaluation of the suitability and intake of medication and pharmacological treatment is an im...

    Authors: Thomas Fiß, Jochen René Thyrian, Diana Wucherer, Grit Aßmann, Ingo Kilimann, Stefan J Teipel and Wolfgang Hoffmann

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:121

    Content type: Study protocol

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  18. Transition from hospital to home is a critical period for older persons with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Home-based secondary prevention programs led by nurses have been proposed to facilitate the patie...

    Authors: Christa Meisinger, Björn Stollenwerk, Inge Kirchberger, Hildegard Seidl, Rupert Wende, Bernhard Kuch and Rolf Holle

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:115

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Almost 90 percent of nursing home residents have some type of mobility limitation. Many spend most of their waking hours lying in bed or sitting. Such inactivity can negatively affect residents’ health and gen...

    Authors: Susan E Slaughter and Carole A Estabrooks

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:110

    Content type: Research article

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  20. The majority of frail elderly who live in long-term care (LTC) are not treated for osteoporosis despite their high risk for fragility fractures. Clinical Practice Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of...

    Authors: Michelle Wall, Lynne Lohfeld, Lora Giangregorio, George Ioannidis, Courtney C Kennedy, Andrea Moser, Alexandra Papaioannou and Suzanne N Morin

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:109

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Positive attitudes of healthcare staff towards people with dementia promote higher quality care, although little is known about important factors that underlie positive attitudes. Key aims of this project were...

    Authors: Catherine M Travers, Elizabeth Beattie, Melinda Martin-Khan and Elaine Fielding

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:101

    Content type: Research article

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  22. The interRAI Acute Care instrument is a multidimensional geriatric assessment system intended to determine a hospitalized older persons’ medical, psychosocial and functional capacity and needs. Its objective i...

    Authors: Els Devriendt, Nathalie I H Wellens, Johan Flamaing, Anja Declercq, Philip Moons, Steven Boonen and Koen Milisen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:90

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Fecal incontinence is highly prevalent among nursing home residents. Previous nursing home studies have identified co-morbidity associated with fecal incontinence, but as this population is increasingly old an...

    Authors: Susan Saga, Anne Guttormsen Vinsnes, Siv Mørkved, Christine Norton and Arnfinn Seim

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:87

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Dual sensory loss (DSL) has a negative impact on health and wellbeing and its prevalence is expected to increase due to demographic aging. However, specialized care or rehabilitation programs for DSL are scarc...

    Authors: Hilde L Vreeken, Ger HMB van Rens, Sophia E Kramer, Dirk L Knol, Joost M Festen and Ruth MA van Nispen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:84

    Content type: Study protocol

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  25. Worldwide the proportion of elderly people in the population is increasing. Currently in Pakistan 7.3 million people (5.6% of total population) are more than 60 years old. This age shift has emerged as an impo...

    Authors: Jabeen Fayyaz, Munawar Khursheed, Mohammed Umer Mir and UzmaRahim Khan

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:83

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Older age and higher acuity are associated with prolonged hospital stays and hospital readmissions. Early discharge planning may reduce lengths of hospital stay and hospital readmissions; however, its effectiv...

    Authors: Mary T Fox, Malini Persaud, Ilo Maimets, Dina Brooks, Kelly O’Brien and Deborah Tregunno

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:70

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Older people in care-facilities may be less likely to access gold standard diagnosis and treatment for heart failure (HF) than non residents; little is understood about the factors that influence this variabil...

    Authors: Helen Close, Helen Hancock, James M Mason, Jerry J Murphy, Ahmet Fuat, Mark de Belder and A Pali S Hungin

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:69

    Content type: Research article

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  28. To enable older people to make decisions about the appropriateness of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), information is needed about the predictive value of pre-arrest factors such as comorbidity, functional...

    Authors: Esther MM van de Glind, Barbara C van Munster, Fleur T van de Wetering, Johannes JM van Delden, Rob JPM Scholten and Lotty Hooft

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:68

    Content type: Research article

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  29. There are increasing occasions for care managers (CMs) to manage end-of-life (EOL) situations for older persons at home, in Japan. However, many CMs report anxiety, difficulties and low confidence in managing ...

    Authors: Maiko Watanabe, Noriko Yamamoto-Mitani, Masakazu Nishigaki, Yuko Okamoto, Ayumi Igarashi and Miho Suzuki

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:67

    Content type: Research article

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  30. The quality of care in nursing homes is weakly defined, and has traditionally focused on quantify nursing homes outputs and on comparison of nursing homes’ resources. Rarely the point of view of clients has be...

    Authors: Beatriz Rodríguez-Martín, María Martínez-Andrés, Beatriz Cervera-Monteagudo, Blanca Notario-Pacheco and Vicente Martínez-Vizcaíno

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:65

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Ongoing growth in health care expenditures and changing patterns in the demand for health care challenge societies worldwide. The Chronic Care Model (CCM), combined with classification for care needs based on ...

    Authors: Sophie LW Spoorenberg, Ronald J Uittenbroek, Berrie Middel, Berry PH Kremer, Sijmen A Reijneveld and Klaske Wynia

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:62

    Content type: Study protocol

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  32. Patients with chronic diseases often undertake multiple medication regimes to manage their condition, prevent complications and to maintain their quality of life. A patient’s medication knowledge has been defi...

    Authors: Frank Wan-kin Chan, Fiona Yan-yan Wong, Wing Yee So, Kenny Kung and Carmen Ka-man Wong

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:59

    Content type: Research article

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  33. The main objective of care for people with dementia is the maintenance and promotion of quality of life (Qol). Most of the residents in nursing homes have challenging behaviors that strongly affect their Qol. ...

    Authors: Margareta Halek, Martin Nikolaus Dichter, Tina Quasdorf, Christine Riesner and Sabine Bartholomeyczik

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:53

    Content type: Study protocol

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  34. The use of potentially inappropriate medications (PIM) among the elderly is a serious public health problem because it is intrinsically linked to increased morbidity and mortality, causing high costs to public...

    Authors: Thaís Jaqueline Vieira de Lima, Cléa Adas Saliba Garbin, Artênio José Ísper Garbin, Dóris Hissako Sumida and Orlando Saliba

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:52

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Home care is integral to enabling older adults to delay or avoid long-term care (LTC) admission. To date, there is little population-based data about gender differences in home care users and their subsequent ...

    Authors: Andrea Gruneir, Jacqueline Forrester, Ximena Camacho, Sudeep S Gill and Susan E Bronskill

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:48

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Mobile health (mHealth) is a rapidly emerging field with the potential to assist older adults in the management of chronic pain (CP) through enhanced communication with providers, monitoring treatment-related ...

    Authors: Samantha J Parker, Sonal Jessel, Joshua E Richardson and M Cary Reid

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:43

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine are prescribed to slow the progression dementia. Although the efficacy of these drugs has been demonstrated, their effectiveness, from the perspective of patients and ca...

    Authors: Nicole R Fowler, Yi-Fan Chen, Christiana A Thurton, Aiju Men, Eric G Rodriguez and Julie M Donohue

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:37

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Frail elderly persons living at home are at risk for mental, psychological, and physical deterioration. These problems often remain undetected. If care is given, it lacks the quality and continuity required fo...

    Authors: Isabelle Natalina Fabbricotti, Benjamin Janse, Wilhelmina Mijntje Looman, Ruben de Kuijper, Jeroen David Hendrikus van Wijngaarden and Auktje Reiffers

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:31

    Content type: Study protocol

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  39. There are well established national and local policies championing the need to provide dignity in care for older people. We have evidence as to what older people and their relatives understand by the term ‘dig...

    Authors: Deborah Cairns, Veronika Williams, Christina Victor, Sally Richards, Andreé Le May, Wendy Martin and David Oliver

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:28

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Audit with feedback is a moderately effective approach for improving professional practice in other health care settings. Although unregulated caregivers give the majority of direct care in long-term care settin...

    Authors: Kimberly D Fraser, Hannah M O’Rourke, Melba Andrea B Baylon, Anne-Marie Boström and Anne E Sales

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:15

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Residents of care homes are at risk of colonisation and infection with antibiotic resistant bacteria, but there is little evidence that antibiotic resistance among such patients is associated with worse outcom...

    Authors: Charis Marwick, Virginia Hernandez Santiago, Colin McCowan, Janice Broomhall and Peter Davey

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:12

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Due to the ageing of the population, the number of frail older people who suffer from multiple, complex health complaints increases and this ultimately threatens their ability to function independently. Many i...

    Authors: Mandy MN Stijnen, Inge GP Duimel-Peeters, Maria WJ Jansen and Hubertus JM Vrijhoef

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:7

    Content type: Study protocol

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  43. Continued aging of the population is expected to be accompanied by substantial increases in the number of people with dementia and in the number of health care staff required to care for them. Adequate knowled...

    Authors: Wendy Smyth, Elaine Fielding, Elizabeth Beattie, Anne Gardner, Wendy Moyle, Sara Franklin, Sonia Hines and Margaret MacAndrew

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:2

    Content type: Research article

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  44. In Japan, there is a large increase in the number of elderly persons who potentially need home-visit nursing services (VNS). However, the number of persons using the VNS has increased only little in comparison...

    Authors: Masayo Kashiwagi, Nanako Tamiya, Mikiya Sato and Eiji Yano

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:1

    Content type: Research article

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  45. Dementia is a distressing and disabling illness with worldwide estimates of increased numbers of people with the condition. Two thirds of people with dementia live at home and policies in many countries seek t...

    Authors: Vari M Drennan, Nan Greenwood, Laura Cole, Mandy Fader, Robert Grant, Greta Rait and Steve Iliffe

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2012 12:77

    Content type: Research article

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  46. Changes in health status, triggered by events such as infections, falls, and geriatric syndromes, are common among nursing home (NH) residents and necessitate transitions between NHs and Emergency Departments ...

    Authors: Greta G Cummings, R Colin Reid, Carole A Estabrooks, Peter G Norton, Garnet E Cummings, Brian H Rowe, Stephanie L Abel, Laura Bissell, Joan L Bottorff, Carole A Robinson, Adrian Wagg, Jacques S Lee, Susan L Lynch and Elmabrok Masaoud

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2012 12:75

    Content type: Study protocol

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