Screening tools to identify hospitalised elderly patients at risk of functional decline: a systematic review.

@article{Sutton2008ScreeningTT,
  title={Screening tools to identify hospitalised elderly patients at risk of functional decline: a systematic review.},
  author={Matthew Sutton and Karen Grimmer-Somers and Lynn M Jeffries},
  journal={International journal of clinical practice},
  year={2008},
  volume={62 12},
  pages={1900-9}
}
BACKGROUND The elderly patient admitted to the emergency department (ED) of an acute care hospital is at risk of declining functionally, both during the stay at the hospital as an inpatient and postdischarge. Accurate and early identification of this population may lead to improved outcomes through targeted early interventions. OBJECTIVES To identify, critically appraise and characterise available screening tools to screen for elderly patients at risk of functional decline presenting to the… CONTINUE READING
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