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OBJECTIVE to prove the effectiveness of geriatric evaluation and management for elderly, hospitalized patients, combined with post-discharge home intervention by an interdisciplinary team. DESIGN randomized controlled trial with outcome and costs assessed for 12 months after the date of admission. SETTING university-affiliated geriatric hospital and the(More)
The competent handling of money is an essential basis for living independently. Seventy-eight consecutively admitted patients to a geriatric hospital underwent the Timed Test of Money Counting (TTMC) which measures patients' ability to open a purse, take out all the money and count it. Further assessment included Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE),(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine medication problems during a stay in hospital and after discharge and to identify risk factors that contribute to poor compliance with medication a prospective observational study was carried out in an university-affiliated geriatric hospital and a patients' home. PATIENTS One hundred and nineteen patients admitted from home to the(More)
BACKGROUND Persons with dementia hospitalized for an acute illness have a high risk of poor outcomes and add to the burden on acute care systems. We developed a segregated Special Care Unit (SCU) in a somatic hospital for patients with challenging behavior resulting from dementia and/or delirium. This pilot study evaluates the feasibility and patient(More)
BACKGROUND To describe hospitalisations of nursing home (NH) residents in Germany during their last months of life. METHODS Retrospective cohort study on 792 NH residents in the Rhine-Neckar region in South-West Germany, newly institutionalized in the year 2000, who died until the study end (December 2001). Baseline variables were derived from a(More)
To evaluate social aspects of elderly patients which are important for diagnosis and therapy within geriatric assessment, a questionnaire was developed and validated. Raters showed a high degree of agreement on the scale, which contains social contacts and support, activities, economic situation, and housing conditions (0.92-0.97; p < 0.05). Compared to the(More)
The causes of early rehospitalization (within 3 weeks) of very elderly patients, its possible avoidance and appropriate preventive measures were analysed retrospectively in patients of a geriatric hospital. Included were all those patients who had been admitted to the hospital from their home several (mean: five) times between 1987 and 1990 (48 women, 19(More)
In this ongoing randomized controlled trial the effectiveness of an interdisciplinary team implementing hospital-based comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) and home intervention is being studied. All patients admitted from home showing functional decline with impairment of any basic activity of daily living are randomly assigned to one of the following(More)
OBJECTIVE The goal of the present study was to systematically assess treatment quality, perceptions, and cognitive function of elderly patients with diabetes admitted to an acute geriatric hospital from different home environments (nursing home residents, home care, assisted living, family caregivers, self-sufficient). METHODS Quality of diabetes(More)