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  1. The prevention of pneumonia is critical for patients with acute ischaemic stroke (AIS). The six subscales in the Braden Scale seem to be related to the occurrence of pneumonia. We aimed to evaluate the feasibi...

    Authors: Yunlong Ding, Yazhou Yan, Jiali Niu, Yanrong Zhang, Zhiqun Gu, Ping Tang and Yan Liu

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:259

    Content type: Research article

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  2. We previously developed Pisando Fuerte (PF), a linguistically and culturally appropriate version of “Stepping On”, an evidence-based fall prevention program building on self-efficacy and adult learning principles...

    Authors: Maria Mora Pinzon, Shannon Myers, Elizabeth A. Jacobs, Sherri Ohly, Militza Bonet-Vázquez, Marcia Villa, Al Castro and Jane Mahoney

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:258

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  3. Uncoordinated interprofessional communication in nursing homes increases the risk of polypharmacy and inappropriate medication use. This may lead to augmented frequency of adverse drug events, hospitalizations...

    Authors: Angelika Mahlknecht, Laura Krisch, Nadja Nestler, Ulrike Bauer, Nina Letz, Daniel Zenz, Jochen Schuler, Laura Fährmann, Georg Hempel, Maria Flamm and Jürgen Osterbrink

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:257

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  4. As ageing emerges as the next public health threat in Africa, there is a paucity of information on how prepared its health systems are to provide geriatric friendly care services. In this study, we explored th...

    Authors: Jude Thaddeus Ssensamba, Moses Mukuru, Mary Nakafeero, Ronald Ssenyonga and Suzanne N. Kiwanuka

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:256

    Content type: Research article

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  5. The world is facing many socio-demographic changes, such as an increased average life expectancy and the presence of chronic and non-communicable diseases, which in turn, leads to an enhanced dependency on oth...

    Authors: Maria dos Anjos Coelho Rodrigues Dixe, Liliana Fernanda da Conceição Teixeira, Timóteo João Teixeira Camacho Coelho Areosa, Roberta Caçador Frontini, Teresa de Jesus Almeida Peralta and Ana Isabel Fernandes Querido

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:255

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Delirium is a geriatric syndrome that presents in 1 out of 5 hospitalized older patients. It is also common in the community, in hospices, and in nursing homes. Delirium prevalence varies according to clinical...

    Authors: Alessandro Morandi, Christian Pozzi, Koen Milisen, Hans Hobbelen, Jennifer M. Bottomley, Alessandro Lanzoni, Verena C. Tatzer, Maria Gracia Carpena, Antonio Cherubini, Anette Ranhoff, Alasdair M. J. MacLullich, Andrew Teodorczuk and Giuseppe Bellelli

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:253

    Content type: Debate

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  7. Impaired cognition is a major risk factor for perioperative delirium. It is essential to provide good pain control in patients with hip fractures and especially important in patients with severely impaired cog...

    Authors: Pär Wennberg, Margareta Möller, Johan Herlitz and Elisabeth Kenne Sarenmalm

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:252

    Content type: Research article

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  8. People living with dementia at home are a group who are at increased risk of malnutrition. Health care professionals and home care workers, are ideally placed to support nutritional care in this vulnerable gro...

    Authors: Louise Mole, Bridie Kent, Mary Hickson and Rebecca Abbott

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:250

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Making health-related decisions about loved ones with cognitive impairment may contribute to caregiver burden of care. We sought to explore factors associated with burden of care among informal caregivers who ...

    Authors: Alexandrine Boucher, Julie Haesebaert, Adriana Freitas, Rhéda Adekpedjou, Marjolaine Landry, Henriette Bourassa, Dawn Stacey, Jordie Croteau, Painchaud-Guérard Geneviève and France Légaré

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:249

    Content type: Research article

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  10. There were little national data on hypertension based on the oldest-old, and lack of information on chronological changes. This study aimed to describe trends of blood pressure (BP) levels and hypertension pre...

    Authors: Jiajun Du, Guoning Zhu, Yanhong Yue, Miao Liu and Yao He

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:248

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Mild cognitive impairment and mild dementia progressively compromise the ability of people to live independently and can have a negative impact on their quality of life. Within the current European Active and ...

    Authors: Jessica Marian Goodman-Casanova, José Guzmán-Parra, Gloria Guerrero, Elisa Vera, Pilar Barnestein-Fonseca, Gabriella Cortellessa, Francesca Fracasso, Alessandro Umbrico, Amedeo Cesta, Diana Toma, Flavia Boghiu, Rodolphe Dewarrat, Valentina Triantafyllidou, Elena Tamburini, Pietro Dionisio and Fermín Mayoral

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:247

    Content type: Study protocol

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  12. The percentage of older adults with hearing loss who stop using their hearing aids and the variables associated with this phenomenon have not been systematically investigated in South America. This problem is ...

    Authors: Eduardo Fuentes-López, Adrian Fuente, Gonzalo Valdivia and Manuel Luna-Monsalve

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:245

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Data quality is of special concern when it comes to survey research in nursing homes. Very little is known about specifics of cognitively impaired elderly in responding to survey questions. This study examines...

    Authors: Patrick Kutschar, Martin Weichbold and Jürgen Osterbrink

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:244

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Regular physical activity (PA) has many health benefits but declines with age. Community multi-activity groups offering volunteer-led socially-oriented activity programs could provide an opportunity for older ...

    Authors: Gabrielle Lindsay-Smith, Rochelle Eime, Grant O’Sullivan, Jack Harvey and Jannique G. Z. van Uffelen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:243

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Glycemic control targets in older patients should be individualized according to functional status and comorbidities. The aim of the study was to identify high-risk patients who had evidence of tight glycemic ...

    Authors: Zyta Beata Wojszel and Agnieszka Kasiukiewicz

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:242

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Postprandial hypotension (PPH) occurs frequently in the elderly and patients with type 2 diabetes, and lacks a satisfactory treatment. Gastric distension and the α-glucosidase inhibitor, acarbose, may attenuat...

    Authors: Hung Pham, Laurence Trahair, Liza Phillips, Christopher Rayner, Michael Horowitz and Karen Jones

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:241

    Content type: Research article

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  17. There is inconclusive evidence for the effectiveness of additional exercise in older hospital patients. The aims of this study were (1) to assess the feasibility of an augmented prescribed exercise program (AP...

    Authors: Tobias Braun, Christian Grüneberg, Kirsten Süßmilch, Max Wiessmeier, Isabel Schwenk, Sarah Eggert, Annika Machleit-Ebner, Irene Harras and Christian Thiel

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:240

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Urinary incontinence is a chronic, age-related disorder, likely to increase in the future due to global population ageing. In Italy, as in most countries, older people with incontinence are often cared for by ...

    Authors: Sara Santini, Paolo Fabbietti and Giovanni Lamura

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:239

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Approximately one third of subjects ≥65 year old and half of subjects ≥80 years old sustain a fall injury each year. We aimed to study the outcomes of fall from a height (FFH) among older adults. We hypothesiz...

    Authors: Ayman El-Menyar, Elizabeth Tilley, Hassan Al-Thani and Rifat Latifi

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:238

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Evidence about the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions to reduce the incidence of depression and anxiety and promote subjective well-being in older people is limited, particularly in Latin-American cou...

    Authors: Sandra Saldivia, Carolina Inostroza, Claudio Bustos, Paulina Rincón, Joseph Aslan, Vasily Bühring, Maryam Farhang, Michael King and Félix Cova

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:237

    Content type: Study protocol

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  21. If technologies are to support aging in place, then it is important to develop fundamental knowledge on what causes stability and changes in the use of technologies by seniors. However, longitudinal studies on...

    Authors: S. T. M. Peek, K. G. Luijkx, H. J. M. Vrijhoef, M. E. Nieboer, S. Aarts, C. S. van der Voort, M. D. Rijnaard and E. J. M. Wouters

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:236

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  22. To investigate whether a simplified and personalized Tai-Chi program could be beneficial for practitioners. A prospective quasi-experimental observer-blinded controlled trial was done in Beitou District of Tai...

    Authors: I-Wen Penn, Wen-Hsu Sung, Chien-Hui Lin, Eric Chuang, Tien-Yow Chuang and Pei-Hsin Lin

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:235

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  23. Limited attention has been paid to an association between food environment and household economic resources related to food expenditure in food-insecure seniors. The aim of the study was to investigate the rel...

    Authors: Jae Eun Shim, Ji-Yun Hwang and Kirang Kim

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:234

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Chronic inflammation is considered to affect physical performance, muscle strength and muscle mass, i.e. measures of sarcopenia. We need to identify a marker of inflammation that is univocally associated with ...

    Authors: Vera A. van Atteveld, Jeanine M. Van Ancum, Esmee M. Reijnierse, Marijke C. Trappenburg, Carel G. M. Meskers and Andrea B. Maier

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:233

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Given the complexity of providing dementia care in hospitals, integrating technology into practice is a high challenge and an important opportunity. Although there are a growing demand and interest in using so...

    Authors: Lillian Hung, Cindy Liu, Evan Woldum, Andy Au-Yeung, Annette Berndt, Christine Wallsworth, Neil Horne, Mario Gregorio, Jim Mann and Habib Chaudhury

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:232

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Depressive symptoms in old age are common, but the prevalence, persistence, and incidence of depressive symptoms in older adults with and without dementia receiving in-home care is less well studied, and descr...

    Authors: Anne-Sofie Helvik, Maria Lage Barca, Sverre Bergh, Jūratė Šaltytė-Benth, Øyvind Kirkevold and Tom Borza

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:231

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  27. People with dementia (PWDs) and their informal caregivers frequently report difficulties in maintaining their usual activities. We had previously developed a set of indicators to estimate whether dyadic, activ...

    Authors: Netta Van’t Leven, Jacomine de Lange, Johanna Groenewoud, Eva van der Ploeg and Anne Margriet Pot

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:230

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Contemporary HIV care may reduce frailty in older adults living with HIV (OALWH). Objective of the study was to estimate prevalence of frailty at the age of 50 and 75 years, and build a model to quantify the b...

    Authors: Giovanni Guaraldi, Davide De Francesco, Andrea Malagoli, Stefano Zona, Iacopo Franconi, Antonella Santoro, Cristina Mussini, Chiara Mussi, Matteo Cesari, Olga Theou and Kenneth Rockwood

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:229

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  29. Treatment of the older diabetic individual comprises a therapeutic challenge. Currently little scientific evidence exists depicting the best approach to type 2 diabetes treatment in this growing sub-population...

    Authors: Assaf Buch, Roy Eldor, Ofer Kis, Lital Keinan-Boker, Ayelet Dunsky, Amir Rubin, Adar Lopez, Yael Sofer, Etty Osher, Yonit Marcus and Naftali Stern

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:228

    Content type: Study protocol

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  30. Qualitative methods are increasingly included in larger studies to provide a richer understanding of people’s experience. This paper explores the potential of using a novel approach to embedded qualitative des...

    Authors: Michele Abendstern, Karen Davies, Helen Chester, Paul Clarkson, Jane Hughes, Caroline Sutcliffe, Fiona Poland and David Challis

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:227

    Content type: Research article

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  31. With the number of centenarians increasing exponentially in Spain, a deeper knowledge of their socio-demographic, clinical, and healthcare use characteristics is important to better understand the health profi...

    Authors: Antonio Gimeno-Miguel, Mercedes Clerencia-Sierra, Ignatios Ioakeim, Beatriz Poblador-Plou, Mercedes Aza-Pascual-Salcedo, Francisca González-Rubio, Raquel Rodríguez Herrero and Alexandra Prados-Torres

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:226

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  32. Sleep disorders in an ageing society constitute a significant public health problem. It is estimated that approximately 50% of people aged 55 years and older have trouble sleeping, including initiating and mai...

    Authors: Mateusz Cybulski, Lukasz Cybulski, Elzbieta Krajewska-Kulak, Magda Orzechowska, Urszula Cwalina and Krystyna Kowalczuk

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:225

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  33. At present, we know relatively little about priorities and problems with topics that older adults experience when completing different examinations in longitudinal population-based studies. To examine these to...

    Authors: Synneve Dahlin-Ivanoff, Therese Rydberg Sterner, Kaj Blennow, Ingmar Skoog and Hanna Falk Erhag

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:224

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Virtual reality (VR) has several applications in the medical domain and also generates a secure environment to carry out activities. Evaluation of the effectiveness of VR among older populations revealed posit...

    Authors: Shabbir Syed-Abdul, Shwetambara Malwade, Aldilas Achmad Nursetyo, Mishika Sood, Madhu Bhatia, Diana Barsasella, Megan F. Liu, Chia-Chi Chang, Kathiravan Srinivasan, Raja M. and Yu-Chuan Jack Li

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:223

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  35. Frailty is common and associated with poorer outcomes in the elderly, but its prognostic value in acute coronary syndromes (ACS) requires clarification. We thus undertook a systematic review and meta-analysis ...

    Authors: Qingyu Dou, Wen Wang, Hui Wang, Yao Ma, Shan Hai, Xiufang Lin, Ying Liu, Xinjun Zhang, Jinhui Wu and Birong Dong

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:222

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  36. Hospitals are in need of valid and economic screening and assessment tools that help identifying older patients at risk for complications which require intensified support during their hospital stay.

    Authors: Anne-Carina Scharf, Janine Gronewold, Christian Dahlmann, Jeanina Schlitzer, Andreas Kribben, Guido Gerken, Tienush Rassaf, Christoph Kleinschnitz, Richard Dodel, Helmut Frohnhofen and Dirk M. Hermann

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:221

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  37. Internationally, there is a drive to involve patients and the public in health research, due to recognition that patient and public involvement (PPI) may increase the impact and relevance of health research. T...

    Authors: Jahanara Miah, Piers Dawes, Steven Edwards, Iracema Leroi, Bella Starling and Suzanne Parsons

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:220

    Content type: Research article

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  38. A growing number of older people, mainly women, live in single households. They represent a vulnerable group as staying at home may turn out challenging when care needs increase, particularly at the end of lif...

    Authors: Sabine Pleschberger, Elisabeth Reitinger, Birgit Trukeschitz and Paulina Wosko

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:219

    Content type: Study protocol

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  39. This study assessed the safety and efficacy of deep tissue laser therapy on the management of pain, functionality, systemic inflammation, and overall quality of life of older adults with painful diabetic perip...

    Authors: Prasun Chatterjee, Achal K. Srivastava, Deepa A. Kumar, Avinash Chakrawarty, Maroof A. Khan, Akash K. Ambashtha, Vijay Kumar, Luis De Taboada and Aparajit B. Dey

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:218

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  40. Interventions that enable people to remain in their own home as they age are of interest to stakeholders, yet detailed information on effective interventions is scarce. Our objective was to systematically sear...

    Authors: Julie A. Luker, Anthea Worley, Mandy Stanley, Jeric Uy, Amber M. Watt and Susan L. Hillier

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:217

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  41. URGENT is a comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) based nurse-led care model in the emergency department (ED) with geriatric follow-up after ED discharge aiming to prevent unplanned ED readmissions.

    Authors: Pieter Heeren, Els Devriendt, Steffen Fieuws, Nathalie I. H. Wellens, Mieke Deschodt, Johan Flamaing, Marc Sabbe and Koen Milisen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:215

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  42. Hearing loss is one of the most common modifiable factors associated with cognitive and functional decline in geriatric populations. An accurate, easy-to-apply, and inexpensive hearing screening method is need...

    Authors: Min Zhang, Zhaori Bi, Xinping Fu, Jiaofeng Wang, Qingwei Ruan, Chao Zhao, Jirong Duan, Xuan Zeng, Dian Zhou, Jie Chen and Zhijun Bao

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:214

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  43. Aged care support services in Australia are delivered through home care packages, permanent residential care, respite care and transition care. This study aimed to determine age and gender specific incidence r...

    Authors: Jyoti Khadka, Catherine Lang, Julie Ratcliffe, Megan Corlis, Steve Wesselingh, Craig Whitehead and Maria Inacio

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:213

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Female sex is an important factor predisposing individuals to frailty. Appropriate nutrition is one of the most effective ways to prevent older adults from developing frailty; Sex-related differences have also...

    Authors: Koji Shibasaki, Shin Kei Kin, Shizuru Yamada, Masahiro Akishita and Sumito Ogawa

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:211

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  45. Respiratory infections among older adults in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) are a major global concern, yet a rigorous systematic synthesis of the literature on the burden of respiratory infections in the L...

    Authors: Arielle Childs, Andrew R. Zullo, Nina R. Joyce, Kevin W. McConeghy, Robertus van Aalst, Patience Moyo, Elliott Bosco, Vincent Mor and Stefan Gravenstein

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:210

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  46. The early screening of frail individuals and of patients with complex care needs are challenges that countries witnessing population aging face. Homecare nurses are actors of choice in meeting these challenges...

    Authors: Catherine Ludwig and Catherine Busnel

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2019 19:207

    Content type: Study protocol

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