Ellen Burkett

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The medical records of 273 patients 75 years and older were reviewed to evaluate quality of emergency department (ED) care through the use of quality indicators. One hundred fifty records contained evidence of an attempt to carry out a cognitive assessment. Documented evidence of cognitive impairment (CI) was reported in 54 cases. Of these patients, 30 had(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to develop process quality indicators (PQIs) to support the improvement of care services for older people with cognitive impairment in emergency departments (ED). METHODS A structured research approach was taken for the development of PQIs for the care of older people with cognitive impairment in EDs, including(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE We examine functional profiles and presence of geriatric syndromes among older patients attending 13 emergency departments (EDs) in 7 nations. METHODS This was a prospective observational study of a convenience sample of patients, aged 75 years and older, recruited sequentially and mainly during normal working hours. Clinical observations(More)
BACKGROUND Compared with younger people, older people have a higher risk of adverse health outcomes when presenting to emergency departments. As the population ages, older people will make up an increasing proportion of the emergency department population. Therefore it is timely that consideration be given to the quality of care received by older persons in(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to identify the structural quality of care domains and to establish a set of structural quality indicators (SQIs) for the assessment of care of older people with cognitive impairment in emergency departments (EDs). METHODS A structured approach to SQI development was undertaken including: 1) a comprehensive search(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this paper is to describe the profile of older people with cognitive impairment (CI) presenting to emergency departments (EDs). METHODS This was a multi-centre (n=8) observational study of a convenience sample of older (≥70y) ED patients (n=579). Participants were prospectively assessed for CI and surveyed for the duration of(More)
BACKGROUND Ageing population trends create a strong imperative for healthcare systems to develop models of care that reduce dependence on hospital services. People living in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) currently have high rates of presentation to emergency departments. The care provided in these environments may not optimally satisfy the needs(More)
Objectives. The aim of the present study was to describe trends in and age and gender distributions of presentations of older people to Australian emergency departments (EDs) from July 2006 to June 2011, and to develop ED utilisation projections to 2050. Methods. A retrospective analysis of data collected in the National Non-admitted Patient Emergency(More)
OBJECTIVE A systematic review of the literature was undertaken to assess the methodological quality of existing quality indicators (QIs) for the emergency department (ED) care of older persons. METHODS MEDLINE, CINAHL, EMBASE and grey literature were searched. Articles were included if they addressed ED care of persons aged ≥65 years and defined a QI(More)