Romke van Balen

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The objective of this review was to systematically describe and analyze fear of falling (FoF) in patients after a hip fracture, focusing on measurement instruments for FoF, the prevalence of FoF, factors associated with FoF, and interventions that may reduce FoF. Fifteen relevant studies were found through a systematic literature review, in which the(More)
As Europe faces an ageing population with increasing pressure on long term care, it is important for different systems to be compared and contrasted for the benefit of all. We compare long term care in the Netherlands to England, by examining the different care models, in terms of patient outcomes, quality of care, continuity of care and funding.
A prospective study was done to investigate functional outcome, quality of life, and type of residence after hip fracture in patients 65 years of age and older. One hundred two patients admitted consecutively to a university and a general hospital were followed up as long as 4 months after admission. The mean age of the participants was 83 years; 58% of(More)
OBJECTIVE Although geriatric rehabilitation (GR) is beneficial for restoration of activities and participation after hospitalization of vulnerable older persons, little is known about the optimal organization of care of these postacute facilities. This study examines the relationship of patient volume and service concentration with successful GR (short(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of fear of falling (FoF) in patients after a hip fracture, to investigate the relation with time after fracture, and to assess associations between FoF and other psychological factors. DESIGN Cross-sectional study performed between September 2010 and March 2011 in elderly patients after a hip fracture. SETTING Ten(More)
It is widely assumed that health care costs can be reduced considerably by providing care in appropriate health care institutions without unnecessary technological overhead. This assumption has been tested in a prospective study. Conventional discharge after hip fracture surgery was compared with an early discharge policy in which patients were discharged(More)
Hip fracture patients occupy more and more hospital beds. One of the strategies for coping with this problem is early discharge from the hospital to institutions with rehabilitation facilities. We studied whether early discharge affects outcome and costs. 208 elderly patients with a hip fracture were followed up to 4 months after the fracture. First, a(More)
BACKGROUND Quality of life (QoL) is reduced for stroke patients and coping strategies have been suggested as determinants of QoL. Thus far the relationship between coping and QoL has only been examined in small-scale cross-sectional designs. Therefore, the current study set out to examine this relationship in a longitudinal setting. METHODS Stroke(More)
BACKGROUND Fear of falling (FoF) is regarded as a major constraint for successful rehabilitation in older people. However, few studies have investigated FoF in vulnerable older people who rehabilitate in a skilled nursing facility (SNF). Therefore, this study measures the prevalence of FoF during and after rehabilitation and assesses differences between(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the prognostic value of coping strategies of patients after stroke at time of discharge on quality of life approximately one year later. In addition, we estimated the maximum cost of improving quality of life by enhancing coping strategies using strict assumptions. METHODS Eighty patients with a stroke completed several(More)