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BACKGROUND Patient safety is fundamental to healthcare quality. Attention has recently focused on the patient safety culture of an organisation and its impact on patient outcomes. A strong safety climate appears to be an essential condition for safe patient care in the hospital. A number of instruments are used to measure this patient safety climate or(More)
BACKGROUND Patients aged 75 years and older represent 12% of the overall emergency department (ED) population, and this proportion will increase over the next decades. Many of the discharged patients suffer an unplanned readmission in the immediate and midterm post-discharge period, suggesting under recognition of psychosocial, cognitive and medical(More)
BACKGROUND 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 is to develop an overall plan for treatment and long-term follow-up based on a common set of standardized items that can be used in various(More)
Colorectal cancer surgery is frequently performed in the older population. Many older persons have less physiological reserves and are thus more susceptible to adverse postoperative outcomes. Therefore, it seems important to distinguish the fit patients from the more vulnerable or frail. The aim of this review is to examine the evidence regarding the impact(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Contactless monitoring is increasingly used to enhance qualitative and cost-effective care for older persons. Succesful integration of this technology in older peoples' daily lives, depends on their acceptance of these systems. The primary purpose was to explore attitudes and perceptions of adults of 60 years and older towards(More)
INTRODUCTION Technologies for contactless monitoring are increasingly used in order to contribute to qualitative and cost-effective care for older persons. The purpose of this systematic literature review is to explore the attitudes and perceptions of older persons towards the use of systems for contactless monitoring. METHODOLOGY Relevant studies were(More)
AIM To determine if preoperative state anxiety is a risk factor for postoperative delirium in older hip fracture patients. METHODS A secondary data analysis comprising data from a prospective non-randomized trial including 86 patients with a hip fracture aged 65 years and older was carried out. State anxiety was measured preoperatively using the(More)
BACKGROUND When elderly patients are transferred from a residential to an acute care setting, important information regarding their health care can be lost. Over the past years, the concept of advance care planning has also been given a more prominent place in the care for the elderly. However it remains a challenge to communicate the results achieved by(More)