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The organisation of hospitals and the remuneration systems are not adapted to frail old patients giving them bad quality of care and the staff feelings of guilt and frustration
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Health, Activity and Care. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Local Health Care Services in Central Östergötland, Department of Geriatric Medicine in Linköping.
2014 (English)In: European Geriatric Medicine, ISSN 1878-7649, Vol. 5, no 1, 35-38 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: In the coming half-century, the population of old people will increase, especially in the oldest age groups. Therefore, the prevalence of multiple chronic conditions, and consequently, the need of health care including care in hospital, is rising. Materials and methods: This article includes results from three mainly qualitative articles (interviews with frail old people, physicians, and an observational study in acute medical wards) and a cross-sectional survey of newly discharged elderly patients. Results: Health care does not take a holistic approach to patients with more complex diseases, such as frail old people. The remuneration system rewards high production of care in terms of numbers of investigations and operations, turnover of hospital beds, and easy accessibility to care. Frail old people do not feel welcome in hospital, with their complex diseases and a need of more time to recover. The staff providing care feels frustrated, and often guilty when taking care of old people. Discussion and conclusion: To improve quality of care of frail elderly, a model is suggested with the following main components: more hospital wards which can address the patients whole situation medically, functionally, and psychologically, i.e comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA). Better identification of frail elderly people is necessary, together with a change in remuneration system, with a focus on the patients functional status and quality of life. More training in geriatrics is required for staff to feel confident when treating frail old people.

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Elsevier Masson , 2014. Vol. 5, no 1, 35-38 p.
Keyword [en]
Frailty; Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment; Remunerations system; Organisation of health care; Geriatric competence
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-106693DOI: 10.1016/j.eurger.2013.10.002ISI: 000334020500009OAI: diva2:717967
Available from: 2014-05-19 Created: 2014-05-19 Last updated: 2014-10-23

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