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  1. Content type: Research article

    Currently, there is no composite screening tool that can efficiently and effectively assess prevalent yet under-recognized cognitive and neuropsychiatric comorbidities in patients with cardiovascular disease. ...

    Authors: Dana Mohammad, Nathan Herrmann, Mahwesh Saleem, Richard H. Swartz, Paul I. Oh, Janelle Bradley, Parco Chan, Courtney Ellis and Krista L. Lanctôt

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:163

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    Community-based blood pressure (BP) monitoring plays an important role in national hypertension management in China. However, the utilisation of this service, together with its associations on hypertension tre...

    Authors: Hongxun Song, Donglan Zhang, Zhuo Chen, Ruoxi Wang, Shangfeng Tang, Ghose Bishwajit, Shanquan Chen, Da Feng, Tailai Wu, Yang Wang, Yanwei Su and Zhanchun Feng

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:162

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Depression is a chronic mental disorder that severely impacts the older adult population globally. Nutritional psychiatry is an approach that has gained traction over the years. Exploring locally relevant cons...

    Authors: Chong Min Janrius Goh, Edimansyah Abdin, Anitha Jeyagurunathan, Saleha Shafie, Rajeswari Sambasivam, Yun Jue Zhang, Janhavi Ajit Vaingankar, Siow Ann Chong and Mythily Subramaniam

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:161

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Taiwan, one of the fastest-aging countries in the world, started implementing version 1.0 of its long-term care (LTC) plan in 2008. In 2017, LTC Plan 2.0 began a new era with its goal to integrate Taiwan’s fra...

    Authors: Tzu-Ying Chiu, Hsiao-Wei Yu, Rei Goto, Wen-Lin Lai, Hsi-Chang Li, En-Tien Tsai and Ya-Mei Chen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:159

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The coming years will see more persons with dementia living longer at home. However, “the home” is a complex concept with a multitude of meanings, varying among individuals and raising ethical and practical di...

    Authors: Stein Erik Fæø, Bettina S. Husebo, Frøydis Kristine Bruvik and Oscar Tranvåg

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:158

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Enhanced recovery programmes (ERPs) aim to attenuate the surgical stress response and accelerate recovery after surgery, but are not specifically designed for older patients. The objective of this study was to...

    Authors: Katleen Fagard, Albert Wolthuis, André D’Hoore, Marleen Verhaegen, Jos Tournoy, Johan Flamaing and Mieke Deschodt

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:157

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Screening for inpatients at risk for long length of stay (LOS) is the first step of an effective hospital care plan for older inpatients. This study aims, in older adults admitted to a geriatric acute care war...

    Authors: Olivier Beauchet, Shek Fung, Cyrille P. Launay, Liam Anders Cooper-Brown, Jonathan Afilalo, Paul Herbert, Marc Afilalo and Julia Chabot

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:156

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Nursing home residents (NHR) are characterized by increasing frailty, multimorbidity and care dependency. These conditions result in frequent hospital transfers which can lead to negative effects on residents’...

    Authors: Alexandra Pulst, Alexander Maximilian Fassmer and Guido Schmiemann

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:155

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Older patients are commonly prescribed multiple medications therefore; medication misadventures are common and expected among older patients. The use of potentially inappropriate medicines (PIMs) further contr...

    Authors: Tariq M. Alhawassi, Wafa Alatawi and Monira Alwhaibi

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:154

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Preserved functions of daily life and cognition are cornerstones of independent aging, which is crucial for maintaining a high quality of life. The aim of this study was to examine the impact of sarcopenia, an...

    Authors: Kristin Franzon, Björn Zethelius, Tommy Cederholm and Lena Kilander

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:153

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Hip fracture among older adults is not only a major health issue but also preventable by providing proper care, but there is a lack of studies on the association between type of long-term care (LTC) service an...

    Authors: Juyeong Kim, Young Choi and Eun-Cheol Park

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:152

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Vitamin D deficiency is common among older adults and has been linked to muscle weakness. Vitamin D supplementation has been proposed as a strategy to improve muscle function in older adults. The aim of this s...

    Authors: Roland W. J. Hangelbroek, Anouk M. M. Vaes, Mark V. Boekschoten, Lex B. Verdijk, Guido J. E. J. Hooiveld, Luc J. C. van Loon, Lisette C. P. G. M. de Groot and Sander Kersten

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:151

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  13. Content type: Case report

    Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is still underdiagnosed or mistaken for other types of neurodegenerative diseases. Biomarkers such as 18-Fluorodeoxyglucose Positron Emission Tomography (FDG-PET) can be helpful.

    Authors: Astrid Melani Suantio, Hian Liang Huang, Cecilia Sze Nga Kwok, Darren Cheng Han Teo and Minh Ha Nguyen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:150

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Having a match between a nursing home and the preferences of people with dementia is beneficial for their well-being. It is suggested that innovative types of nursing homes such as small-scale living facilitie...

    Authors: Bram de Boer, Hilde Verbeek, Sandra M. G. Zwakhalen and Jan P. H. Hamers

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:149

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Middle and older years are associated with age related health deficits but how early this begins and progresses is poorly understood. Better understanding is needed to address early decline and support healthi...

    Authors: Susan Gordon, Michael Kidd, Anthony Maeder, Nicky Baker, Tania Marin and Karen Grimmer

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:148

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  16. Content type: Research article

    As the number of elderly people is on the rise in societies throughout the world, providing them with optimal care is becoming a major demand, especially in the context of rising interest in institutional care...

    Authors: Izabela Wróblewska, Dorota Talarska, Zuzanna Wróblewska, Robert Susło and Jarosław Drobnik

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:147

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Use of monitoring technologies (e.g. wearable or environmental sensors) in long-term care generates extensive ethical debate, primarily about their potential to enhance resident safety weighed against concerns...

    Authors: Alex Hall, Christine Brown Wilson, Emma Stanmore and Chris Todd

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:145

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Many older people (care recipients) experience long-term psychological distress due to the fear of falling again. Falls can affect carers due to concerns about their care recipients falling. Understanding care...

    Authors: Seng Giap Marcus Ang, Anthony Paul O’Brien and Amanda Wilson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:144

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  19. Content type: Research article

    It is acknowledged that preservation of self-determination is very important in order for older adults to experience good quality of life, but to what degree and in what areas people receiving help from home c...

    Authors: Karin Bölenius, Kristina Lämås, Per-Olof Sandman, Marie Lindkvist and David Edvardsson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:142

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Frailty has been generally been associated with adverse events in older patients under surgery. Frailty phenotype is the most widely used instrument in the research literature. However the effect of the frailt...

    Authors: Binru Han, Qiuping Li and Xi Chen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:141

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Smartphone use has become an increasingly pervasive part of our daily lives, and as a portable media device, smartphones provide good support for cognitive training during aging. However, little is known about...

    Authors: Manqiong Yuan, Jia Chen, Zi Zhou, Jiahui Yin, Jielong Wu, Mingliang Luo, Lixia Wang and Ya Fang

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:140

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Triage is widely used in the emergency department (ED) in order to identify the patient’s level of urgency and often based on the patient’s chief complaint and vital signs. Age has been shown to be independent...

    Authors: T. Ruge, G. Malmer, C. Wachtler, U. Ekelund, E. Westerlund, P. Svensson and A. C. Carlsson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:139

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Although China is undergoing rapid economic development, it is facing an ageing population. No data exists on malnutrition risks of older adults in an affluent Chinese society. The aim of this study is to exam...

    Authors: Martin M. H. Wong, Winnie K. W. So, Kai Chow Choi, Regina Cheung, Helen Y. L. Chan, Janet W. H. Sit, Brenda Ho, Francis Li, Tin Yan Lee and Sek Ying Chair

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:138

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about the quality of end of life care in long-term care (LTC) for residents with different diagnostic trajectories. The aim of this study was to compare symptoms before death in LTC for those w...

    Authors: Michal Boyd, Rosemary Frey, Deborah Balmer, Jackie Robinson, Heather McLeod, Susan Foster, Julia Slark and Merryn Gott

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:137

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Few studies have investigated the healthcare utilization of Mexican-American Medicare beneficiaries. We used survey data that has been linked with Medicare claims records to describe the healthcare utilization...

    Authors: Brian Downer, Soham Al Snih, Lin-Na Chou, Yong-Fang Kuo, Kyriakos S. Markides and Kenneth J. Ottenbacher

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:136

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  26. Content type: Study protocol

    Most surviving hip-fracture patients experience reduced mobility and lose some of their functional ability, which increases the risk of complications and rehospitalization. Post-discharge transitional programs...

    Authors: Yafit Gilboa, Talia Maeir, Sharon Karni, Michal E. Eisenberg, Meir Liebergall, Isabella Schwartz and Yakir Kaufman

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:135

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Older patients is a complex group at increased risk of adverse outcomes compared to younger patients, which should be considered in the risk assessment performed in emergency departments. We evaluated whether ...

    Authors: Martin Schultz, Line Jee Hartmann Rasmussen, Nicolas Carlson, Rasmus Bo Hasselbalch, Birgitte Nybo Jensen, Lotte Usinger, Jesper Eugen-Olsen, Christian Torp-Pedersen, Lars Simon Rasmussen and Kasper Karmark Iversen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:134

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  28. Content type: Correction

    Following the publication of this article [1], the authors reported a typesetting error in the “Results” section.

    Authors: Marjan Abbasi, Sheny Khera, Julia Dabravolskaj, Ben Vandermeer, Olga Theou, Darryl Rolfson and Andrew Clegg

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:133

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    The original article was published in BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:109

  29. Content type: Research article

    Spirituality plays an important role during old age, but reveals itself as a confounding mental health concept, which needs to be defined when providing spiritual care. The purpose of this study was to explore...

    Authors: Fatemeh Hajinejad, Ebrahim Ebrahimi, Anneke de Jong and Maryam Ravanipour

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:132

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  30. Content type: Correction

    Following the publication of this article [1], the authors reported an error in one of the author’s names. In this Correction the incorrect and correct author name are shown. The original publication of this a...

    Authors: Su Jin Lee, Eun Young Lee, Jung Hyun Lee, Jong Eun Kim, Kwang Joon Kim, Yumie Rhee, Hyeon Chang Kim, Yoosik Youm and Chang Oh. Kim

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:131

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    The original article was published in BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:102

  31. Content type: Research article

    Multimorbid patients in nursing homes are prescribed long lists of medication, often without sufficient clinical evaluations beforehand. This results in poor clinical effects of the prescribed medication and s...

    Authors: Christine Gulla, Elisabeth Flo, Reidun L. S. Kjome and Bettina S. Husebo

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:130

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  32. Content type: Research article

    National policies seek to involve older Australian’s in decisions regarding their care; however, research has found varying levels of decision self-efficacy and health literacy skills. An increasing number of ...

    Authors: Caroline A. Smith, Esther Chang, Gisselle Gallego, Afshan Khan, Mike Armour and Lynda G. Balneaves

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:129

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  33. Content type: Research article

    This paper details a subset of the findings from a participatory action research project exploring a palliative intervention in long-term care sites across Canada. The findings presented in this paper relate t...

    Authors: Lorraine Smith-MacDonald, Lorraine Venturato, Paulette Hunter, Sharon Kaasalainen, Tamara Sussman, Lynn McCleary, Genevieve Thompson, Abigail Wickson-Griffiths and Shane Sinclair

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:128

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Decreased muscle strength and/or depression with aging are emerging as important public health concerns in both developed and developing countries. This study investigated the effects of low handgrip strength ...

    Authors: Soohyun Park, Jinkyung Cho, Donghyun Kim, Youngyun Jin, Inhwan Lee, Haeryun Hong and Hyunsik Kang

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:127

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  35. Content type: Research article

    New approaches are needed to address the challenges of demographic change, staff shortages, and societal change in the care of the elderly. While volunteering has barely been established as a pillar of the wel...

    Authors: Anne Goehner, Cornelia Kricheldorff and Eva Maria Bitzer

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:126

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  36. Content type: Study protocol

    A hip or pelvic fracture is a major fall-related injury which often causes a decline in mobility performance and physical activity. Over 40% of patients with hip fracture have cognitive impairment or dementia ...

    Authors: Anja Dautel, Tobias Eckert, Michaela Gross, Klaus Hauer, Martina Schäufele, André Lacroix, Ingrid Hendlmeier, Bastian Abel, Rebekka Pomiersky, Julia Gugenhan, Gisela Büchele, Katrin C. Reber, Clemens Becker and Klaus Pfeiffer

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:125

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Early detection of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia is very important to begin appropriate treatment promptly and to prevent disease exacerbation. We investigated the screening accuracy of the Japa...

    Authors: Shintaro Takenoshita, Seishi Terada, Hidenori Yoshida, Megumi Yamaguchi, Mayumi Yabe, Nao Imai, Makiko Horiuchi, Tomoko Miki, Osamu Yokota and Norihito Yamada

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:123

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Sarcopenia is the age-related loss of muscle mass and function, which increases fall risks in older persons. Hyperglycemia relating to Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) is postulated to aggravate sarcopenia. Thi...

    Authors: Foon Yin Fung, Yi Ling Eileen Koh, Rahul Malhotra, Truls Ostbye, Ping Yein Lee, Sazlina Shariff Ghazali and Ngiap Chuan Tan

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:122

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  39. Content type: Research article

    The Drug Burden Index (DBI) quantifies exposure to medications with anticholinergic and/or sedative effects. A consensus list of DBI medications available in Ireland was recently developed for use as a DBI too...

    Authors: Catherine J. Byrne, Caroline Walsh, Caitriona Cahir and Kathleen Bennett

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:121

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Sarcopenia, frailty, cachexia and malnutrition are widespread syndromes in older people, characterized by loss of body tissue and related to poor outcome. The aim of the present cross-sectional study was to as...

    Authors: Anne Gingrich, Dorothee Volkert, Eva Kiesswetter, Marta Thomanek, Svenja Bach, Cornel C. Sieber and Yurdagül Zopf

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:120

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about the use of psychotropic drugs in older adults receiving domiciliary care. The first aim was to describe the prevalence and persistency of use of psychotropic drugs in older adults (≥ 70 y...

    Authors: Marie Turmo Lornstad, Marte Aarøen, Sverre Bergh, Jūratė Šaltytė Benth and Anne-Sofie Helvik

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:119

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Legal dispositions for advance care planning (ACP) are available but used by a minority of older adults in Switzerland. Some studies found that knowledge of and perception of those dispositions are positively ...

    Authors: Anne Cattagni Kleiner, Brigitte Santos-Eggimann, Sarah Fustinoni, Anne-Véronique Dürst, Katja Haunreiter, Eve Rubli-Truchard and Laurence Seematter-Bagnoud

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:118

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Research on elder abuse has defined it as a multidimensional construct that encompasses a set of different abusive behaviours, victims, perpetrators and settings. The array of possible elder abuse configuratio...

    Authors: Ana João Santos, Baltazar Nunes, Irina Kislaya, Ana Paula Gil and Oscar Ribeiro

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:117

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  44. Content type: Research article

    New technologies such as mobile/smartphones have the potential to help senior people perform everyday activities. However, senior people may find it difficult using mobile/smartphones, especially the digital c...

    Authors: Vedrana Baric, Maria Andreassen, Annika Öhman and Helena Hemmingsson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:116

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Comprehensive adoption of culture change via person-centered care (PCC) practices in nursing homes has been slow. Change such as this, requires transformation of organizational culture, frequently generating r...

    Authors: Laci J. Cornelison, Linda Hermer, Maggie L. Syme and Gayle Doll

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:115

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Previous studies have shown that mortality in old age is associated with both number of children and their socioeconomic resources. The underlying mechanisms are unclear, as well as when during the process of ...

    Authors: Anna C. Meyer, Hannah L. Brooke and Karin Modig

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:114

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Little is known about factors associated with alcohol consumption and use of drugs with addiction potential in older adults. The aim of this study was to explore the association between socio-demographic varia...

    Authors: Kjerstin Tevik, Geir Selbæk, Knut Engedal, Arnfinn Seim, Steinar Krokstad and Anne-S Helvik

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:113

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