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OBJECTIVE To adapt and automate the medication regimen complexity index (MRCI) within the structure of a commercial medication database in the post-acute home care setting. MATERIALS AND METHODS In phase 1, medication data from 89 645 electronic health records were abstracted to line up with the components of the MRCI: dosage form, dosing frequency, and(More)
Increasing national attention is focused on improving posthospital transitions. Home health patients are in an opportune position to provide insight into this transition as they resume care for themselves with informal caregivers and home health professionals. This qualitative study describes the experiences of patients, informal caregivers, and home health(More)
OBJECTIVES Describe the characteristics of hospitalized older adults who were not referred for home care, compare the referral decisions of hospital clinicians with those of nurses with expertise in discharge planning and transitional care, and compare the characteristics of hospitalized older adults who did not receive a home care referral with patients(More)
Nurses deal with planning posthospitalization care within increasingly urgent focused environments and amid competing priorities. The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine nurses' discharge planning efforts as these occurred in practice. Eight nurses were observed and interviewed as they cared for selected patients. Major findings indicate that(More)
Effective post-hospital home medication management among older adults is a convoluted, error-prone process. Older adults, whose complex medication regimens are often changed at hospital discharge, are susceptible to medication-related problems (e.g. Adverse Drug Events or ADEs) as they resume responsibility for managing their medications at home. Human(More)
Patients discharged without home care referral were presented as case studies to nurses, social workers, physicians, and discharge planners experienced in discharge planning. Observations and tape-recorded interviews were used to identify patterns clinicians used when gathering information, determine information essential to discharge referral decisions,(More)
OBJECTIVES Advance knowledge about changes in multiple dimensions of health related quality of life (HRQoL) among older adults receiving long-term services and supports (LTSS) over time and across settings. DESIGN A prospective, observational, longitudinal cohort design. SETTING Nursing homes (NHs), assisted living facilities (ALFs), community. (More)
For older adults receiving long-term services and supports (LTSS), health-related quality of life (HRQoL) has emerged as a critical construct to examine because of its focus on components of well-being, which are affected by progressive changes in health status, health care, and social support. HRQoL is a health-focused quality of life (QOL) concept that(More)
Medication reconciliation problems are common among older adults at hospital discharge and lead to adverse events. The purpose of this study was to examine the rates and types of medication reconciliation problems among older adults hospitalized for acute episodes of heart failure who were discharged home. This secondary analysis of data generated from a(More)