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CONTEXT Criteria for potentially inappropriate medication use among elderly patients have been used in the past decade in large US epidemiological surveys to identify populations at risk and specifically target risk-management strategies. In contrast, in Europe little information is available about potentially inappropriate medication use and is based on(More)
OBJECTIVE Authors investigated, cross-nationally, the factors, including demographic, psychiatric (including cognitive), physical, and behavioral, determining whether older people take their prescribed medication. Older adults are prescribed more medication than any other group, and poor adherence is a common reason for non-response to medication. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Assessment was identified as one of the 'cornerstones' of community care. This study presents findings from the first nationally representative analysis of assessment documents used by social services agencies in the UK. METHOD In this paper analysis is made of 50 assessment documents used for the 'comprehensive' assessment of older people. The(More)
Aim of the present observational study was to evaluate the association between daily pain and incident disability in elderly subjects living in the community. We used data from the AgeD in HOme Care (AD-HOC) project, a 1 year longitudinal study enrolling subjects aged 65 or older receiving home care in 11 European countries. Daily pain was defined as any(More)
BACKGROUND Aims of the present study are the following: 1. to describe the rationale and methodology of the Services and Health for Elderly in Long TERm care (SHELTER) study, a project funded by the European Union, aimed at implementing the interRAI instrument for Long Term Care Facilities (interRAI LTCF) as a tool to assess and gather uniform information(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the association between pain and depression in a population of older adults. METHOD We conducted a cross-sectional study using data from the Aged in Home Care (AdHOC) database, which contains information on older adults receiving home care services in 11 European countries from 2001 to 2003. Pain was defined as any type of pain or(More)
BACKGROUND Performance indicators in the long term care sector are important to evaluate the efficiency and quality of care delivery. We are, however, still far from being able to refer to a common set of indicators at the European level.We therefore demonstrate the calculation of Long Term Care Facility Quality Indicators (LTCFQIs) from data of the(More)
PURPOSE To propose an integration index of home care delivery to older persons, to study its validity and to apply it to home care services of European cities. THEORY Home care delivery integration was based on two dimensions referring to process-centred integration and organisational structure approach. METHOD Items considered as part of both(More)
OBJECTIVES to assess whether measures of cognitive and physical function can explain differences in observed and healthcare resource group (HRG) predicted length of stay for patients presenting with six target conditions at admission. DESIGN prospective observational study. SETTING three East Kent district general hospitals. PARTICIPANTS One thousand(More)
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