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Health services research

The section considers manuscripts on management of elderly healthcare, practitioner/nursing viewpoints, finance (from a health service perspective), intensive care, systems, emergency care, admissions data/management, prescribing practices/errors, decision making, care homes/facilities, technology.

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  1. Care activities provided by community health practitioners for older adults primarily focused on disease prevention and management. However, healthy longevity can go beyond disease prevention and management an...

    Authors: Betsy Seah, Geir Arild Espnes, Emily Neo Kim Ang, Jian Yang Lim, Yanika Kowitlawakul and Wenru Wang

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:411

    Content type: Research article

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  2. User involvement of people outside academia in research is argued to increase relevance of research for society and to empower the involved lay persons. Frail older people can be a hard to reach group for rese...

    Authors: Isak Berge, Emmelie Barenfeld, Synneve Dahlin-Ivanoff, Maria Haak and Qarin Lood

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:410

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Elderly patients with impaired vision, cognitive decline or motor/sensory disturbances of their fingers suffering from chronic-obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) encounter difficulties in handling inhaler de...

    Authors: Marie-Christine Luley, Tobias Loleit, Elmar Knopf, Marija Djukic, Carl-Peter Criée and Roland Nau

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:398

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Frailty is frequently found to be associated with increased healthcare utilisation in western countries, but little is known in Asian population. This study was conducted to investigate the association between...

    Authors: Lixia Ge, Chun Wei Yap, Bee Hoon Heng and Woan Shin Tan

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:389

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Adequate (≥800 IU/day) vitamin D supplement use in Australian residential aged care facilities (RACFs) is variable and non-optimal. The vitamin D implementation (ViDAus) study aimed to employ a range of strate...

    Authors: Pippy Walker, Annette Kifley, Susan Kurrle and Ian D. Cameron

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:383

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Shared decision-making provides an approach to discuss advance care planning in a participative and informed manner, embodying the principles of person-centered care. A number of guided approaches to achieve s...

    Authors: Bart Goossens, Aline Sevenants, Anja Declercq and Chantal Van Audenhove

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:381

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  7. The number of people aged greater than 65 years is growing in many countries. Taiwan will be a superaged society in 2026, and health care utilization will increase considerably. Our study aimed to evaluate the...

    Authors: Yu-Ju Wei, Cheng-Fang Hsieh, Yu-Ting Huang, Ming-Shyan Huang and Tzu-Jung Fang

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:379

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Little is known about staff’s attitudes in Irish acute hospital settings towards people living with dementia and their perceived dementia knowledge. The aim of this study was to understand the general level of...

    Authors: Brian Keogh, Wing Ting To, Louise Daly, Geralyn Hynes, Siobhan Kennelly, Brian Lawlor, Suzanne Timmons, Susan O’Reilly, Mairead Bracken-Scally, Aurelia Ciblis, Natalie Cole, Amanda Drury, Chiara Pittalis, Brendan Kennelly, Mary McCarron and Anne-Marie Brady

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:376

    Content type: Research article

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  9. To investigate the current situation regarding the activities of daily living (ADL) of older adults living at home in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region of China and to analyze the associated factors of ADL perform...

    Authors: Xiaofeng Xu, Lina Yang, Xiaohui Miao and Xiuying Hu

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:369

    Content type: Research article

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  10. In line with demographic changes, there is an increase in ED presentations and unplanned return presentations by older patients (≥70 years). It is important to know why these patients return to the ED shortly ...

    Authors: Babiche E. J. M. Driesen, Hanneke Merten, Cordula Wagner, H. Jaap Bonjer and Prabath W. B. Nanayakkara

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:365

    Content type: Research article

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  11. For the elderly population living at home, the implementation of professional services tends to mitigate the effect of loss of autonomy and increases their quality of life. While helping in avoiding social iso...

    Authors: Anne-Laure Feral-Pierssens, Gustave Toury, Fatima Sehimi, Nicolas Peschanski, Saïd Laribi, Amélie Carpentier, Magali Kraif, Clément Carbonnier, François-Xavier Duchateau, Yonathan Freund and Philippe Juvin

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:355

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Although quality-of-care domains for home-based primary and palliative programs have been proposed, they have had limited testing in practice. Our aim was to evaluate the care provision in a community-based se...

    Authors: Christine E. Kistler, Matthew J. Van Dongen, Natalie C. Ernecoff, Timothy P. Daaleman and Laura C. Hanson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:351

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  13. Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) represents an increasing morbidity in the general population, but more so in the elderly cohort of patients. Despite this, the concept of its prevention through prospective ana...

    Authors: Mohammed Ibn-Mas’ud Danjuma, Hussam Almasri, Shaikha Alshokri, Fadi Khazahia Khir, Ashraf Elmalik, Naim Ghazi Battikh, Ibtihal Mahmoud Hassan Abdallah, Mohamed Elshafei, Haajra Fatima, Mouhand Faisal Hamad Mohamed, Yahya Maghoub, Tanweer Hussain, Ijaz Kamal, Zubair Anwer, Mubarak Ariyo Bidmos and Abdel-Naser Elzouki

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:346

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  14. Demographic changes are taking place in most industrialized countries. Geriatric patients are defined by the European Union of Medical Specialists as aged over 65 years and suffering from frailty and multi-mor...

    Authors: Nadine Morkisch, Luz D. Upegui-Arango, Maria I. Cardona, Dirk van den Heuvel, Martina Rimmele, Cornel Christian Sieber and Ellen Freiberger

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:345

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  15. Previous studies supporting discharged patients are hospital-based which admission criteria tend to include mainly those with complex needs and/or specific disease conditions. This study captured the service g...

    Authors: Arkers Kwan Ching WONG, Frances Kam Yuet WONG, Jenny Sau Chun NGAI, Shirley Yu Kan HUNG and Wah Chun LI

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:339

    Content type: Research article

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  16. This study aims to analyse the current demand by senior citizens in Lanzhou, China for a combination of medical and elderly care services and to identify the factors influencing their needs.

    Authors: Jiancheng Wang, Yunhua Wang, Hui Cai, Juxia Zhang, Bei Pan, Guoxian Bao and Tiankang Guo

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:338

    Content type: Research article

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  17. The lockdown imposed in the UK on the 23rd of March and associated public health measures of social distancing are likely to have had a great impact on care provision. The aim of this study was to explore the ...

    Authors: Clarissa Giebel, Kerry Hanna, Jacqueline Cannon, Ruth Eley, Hilary Tetlow, Anna Gaughan, Aravind Komuravelli, Justine Shenton, Carol Rogers, Sarah Butchard, Steve Callaghan, Stan Limbert, Manoj Rajagopal, Kym Ward, Lisa Shaw, Rosie Whittington…

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:333

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  18. Although ‘frequent flyer’ hospital admissions represent barely 3 to 8% of the total patient population in a hospital, they are responsible for a disproportionately high percentage (12 to 28%) of all admissions...

    Authors: Miaolin Huang, Carolien van der Borght, Merel Leithaus, Johan Flamaing and Geert Goderis

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:332

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Assessing self-rated health by preventive home visits of older people can provide information about the person’s well-being, quality of life and risk of developing illness. The aim of this study was to examine...

    Authors: Astrid Fjell, Seiger Cronfalk Berit, Monica Hermann, Arvid Rongve, Jörg Aßmus, Lars Kvinge, Åke Seiger, Knut Skaug and Anne-Marie Boström

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:323

    Content type: Research article

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  20. To examine the association of household income with home-based rehabilitation and home help services in terms of service utilization and expenditures.

    Authors: Rumiko Tsuchiya-Ito, Tatsuro Ishizaki, Seigo Mitsutake, Shota Hamada, Satoru Yoshie, Katsuya Iijima and Nanako Tamiya

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:314

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Sleep disturbance is an issue reported by caregivers. Waking at night is a feature of dementia and by proxy, sleep disturbance among caregivers is reported to be high. Little is known about the characteristics...

    Authors: Aisling Smyth, Lisa Whitehead, Eimear Quigley, Caroline Vafeas and Laura Emery

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:312

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Globally, family members account for the main source of caregiving of persons with dementia living at home. Providing care to family members with dementia often has negative health consequences for caregivers ...

    Authors: Zarina Nahar Kabir, Angela Yee Man Leung, Åke Grundberg, Anne-Marie Boström, Kristina Lämås, Ana Paula Kallström, Cecilia Moberg, Berit Seiger Cronfalk, Sebastiaan Meijer and Hanne Konradsen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:305

    Content type: Study protocol

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  23. The study was to investigate the complications rate of and risk factors for unplanned reoperation among elderly patients who underwent posterior lumbar fusion (PLF) for degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis (D...

    Authors: Weiyang Zhong, Xinjie Liang, Xiaoji Luo, Tianji Huang and Zhengxue Quan

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:301

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Dementia is a care intensive disease, especially in the later stages, implying in many cases a substantial carer burden. This study assesses the use of formal and informal care resources among persons with dem...

    Authors: Arnt Egil Ydstebø, Jurate Šaltytė Benth, Sverre Bergh, Geir Selbæk and Corinna Vossius

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:296

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Elder abuse is an important public health problem. The present study was aimed to determine the rate of domestic abuse and its relationship with demographic characteristics among elderly people referred to Pri...

    Authors: Maryam Hazrati, Maryam Mashayekh, Nasrin Sharifi and Seyedeh Ameneh Motalebi

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:291

    Content type: Research article

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  26. While dementia policy strategies emphasize the importance of partnerships between families and formal carers to provide tailored care and effectively allocate community resources, family carers often feel left...

    Authors: Kristin Häikiö, Mette Sagbakken and Jorun Rugkåsa

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:290

    Content type: Research article

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  27. When a family member resides in long term care facility (LTC), family carers continue caregiving and have been found to have decreases in mental health. The aim of My Tools 4 Care – In Care (an online interven...

    Authors: Wendy Duggleby, Hannah O’Rourke, Jennifer Swindle, Shelley Peacock, Carrie McAiney, Pamela Baxter, Genevieve Thompson, Véronique Dubé, Cheryl Nekolaichuk, Sunita Ghosh and Jayna Holroyd-Leduc

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:285

    Content type: Study protocol

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  28. Studies have indicated variability around prevalence estimates of multimorbidity due to poor consensus regarding its definition and measurement. Medication-based measures of morbidity may be valuable resources...

    Authors: Clionadh Mannion, John Hughes, Frank Moriarty, Kathleen Bennett and Caitriona Cahir

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:283

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Frailty in older adults is a common multidimensional clinical entity, a state of vulnerability to stressors that increases the risk of adverse outcomes such as functional decline, institutionalization or death...

    Authors: Francisco Cegri, Francesc Orfila, Rosa M. Abellana and María Pastor-Valero

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:281

    Content type: Research article

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  30. A medication omission is an event where a prescribed medication is not taken before the next scheduled dose. Medication omissions are typically classed as errors within Residential Aged Care (RAC) homes, as th...

    Authors: Stephanie. M. Garratt, Ngaire. M. Kerse, Kathryn Peri and Monique. F. Jonas

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:276

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  31. This aim of this study was to explore the role of regulation on the quality of care of older people living with depression in LTC, which in this paper is a domestic environment providing 24-h care for people w...

    Authors: Michelle Crick, Robin Devey-Burry, Jiale Hu, Douglas E. Angus and Chantal Backman

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:273

    Content type: Research article

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  32. As part of a nursing home intervention study, the aim of this paper was 1) to evaluate the effects of a staff education programme about person-centred care and promotion of thriving on relatives’ satisfaction ...

    Authors: Qarin Lood, Karin Sjögren, Ådel Bergland, Marie Lindkvist, Marit Kirkevold, Per-Olof Sandman and David Edvardsson

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:268

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Anticholinergic medication use is linked with increased cognitive decline, dementia, falls and mortality, and their use should be limited in older people. Here we estimate the prevalence of anticholinergic use...

    Authors: Carlota M. Grossi, Kathryn Richardson, George M. Savva, Chris Fox, Antony Arthur, Yoon K. Loke, Nicholas Steel, Carol Brayne, Fiona E. Matthews, Louise Robinson, Phyo K. Myint and Ian D. Maidment

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:267

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  34. Hospitalisation rates for the older population have been increasing with end-of-life care becoming a more medicalised and costly experience. There is evidence that some of these patients received non-beneficia...

    Authors: Xing J. Lee, Alison Farrington, Hannah Carter, Carla Shield, Nicholas Graves, Steven M. McPhail, Gillian Harvey, Ben P. White, Lindy Willmott, Magnolia Cardona, Ken Hillman, Leonie Callaway and Adrian G. Barnett

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:262

    Content type: Study protocol

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  35. Low and middle-income countries have growing older populations and could benefit from the use of multi-domain geriatric assessments in overcoming the challenge of providing quality health services to older per...

    Authors: Leon N. Geffen, Gabrielle Kelly, John N. Morris, Sophie Hogeveen and John Hirdes

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:260

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Endotracheal intubation is known to pose significant physiological, pharmacokinetic, and dynamic changes and postoperative respiratory complications in patients under general anesthesia.

    Authors: Linsheng Lv, Lei Yan, Xun Liu and Miaoxia Chen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:157

    Content type: Research article

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:344

  37. Given an increase in the aging population and its impact on healthcare systems, policy makers for provision of health and social services are aiming to keep older adults in good health for longer, in other wor...

    Authors: M. Marx, I. Mosnier, J. Belmin, J. Wyss, C. Coudert-Koall, A. Ramos, R. Manrique Huarte, R. Khnifes, O. Hilly, A. Martini and D. Cuda

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:252

    Content type: Study protocol

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  38. There is increasing interest among older people in moving into retirement villages (RVs), an attractive option for those seeking a supportive community as they age, while still maintaining independence. Curren...

    Authors: K. Peri, J. B. Broad, J. Hikaka, M. Boyd, K. Bloomfield, Z. Wu, C. Calvert, A. Tatton, A-M Higgins, D. Bramley and M. J. Connolly

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:247

    Content type: Study protocol

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  39. Older adults (> 65 years) with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) and depressive symptoms experience frequent transitions between hospital and home. Care transitions for this population are often poorly coordinate...

    Authors: Maureen Markle-Reid, Carrie McAiney, Rebecca Ganann, Kathryn Fisher, Amiram Gafni, Alain P. Gauthier, Gail Heald-Taylor, Janet McElhaney, Jenny Ploeg, Diana J. Urajnik, Ruta Valaitis and Carly Whitmore

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:240

    Content type: Study protocol

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  40. Overuse of antibiotics has contributed to antimicrobial resistance; a growing public health threat. In long-term care facilities, levels of inappropriate prescribing are as high as 75%. Numerous interventions ...

    Authors: Elise Crayton, Michelle Richardson, Chris Fuller, Catherine Smith, Sunny Liu, Gillian Forbes, Niall Anderson, Laura Shallcross, Susan Michie, Andrew Hayward and Fabiana Lorencatto

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:237

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Frail older adults living in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) usually experience comorbidities and are frequently prescribed multiple medications. This increases the potential risk of inappropriate pre...

    Authors: Hend Almutairi, Andrew Stafford, Christopher Etherton-Beer and Leon Flicker

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:236

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  42. Existing group exercise programmes, or other services offered to maintain physical activity levels, are typically not developed specifically for older adults with dementia. The aim of this study was to gain kn...

    Authors: Kristin Taraldsen, Elisabeth Boulton, Jorunn L. Helbostad, Ingvild Saltvedt and Randi Granbo

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:235

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  43. Using physical restraint (PR) for hospitalized elderly people is a major nursing challenge. It is associated with different physical and mental complications and ethical dilemmas, though many nurses still use ...

    Authors: Azam Sharifi, Narges Arsalani, Masoud Fallahi-Khoshknab, Farahnaz Mohammadi-Shahbolaghi and Abbas Ebadi

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:233

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  44. Evidence-based practice in geriatric oncology is growing, and national initiatives have focused on expanding cancer care and research to improve health outcomes for older adults. However, there are still gaps ...

    Authors: Carolyn J. Presley, Jessica L. Krok-Schoen, Sarah A. Wall, Anne M. Noonan, Desiree C. Jones, Edmund Folefac, Nicole Williams, Janine Overcash and Ashley E. Rosko

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:231

    Content type: Commentary

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  45. Dementia is recognised as one of the greatest global public health challenges. A central tenet of national health and social care policy is to ensure that services support people in achieving their personal we...

    Authors: Agnete Nygaard, Liv Halvorsrud, Ellen Karine Grov and Astrid Bergland

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:227

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  46. This study aimed to identify factors associated with health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and the burden on the relatives of older people with multi-morbidity.

    Authors: Barbro Krevers, Anne Ekdahl, Tiny Jaarsma, Jeanette Eckerblad and Anna Milberg

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2020 20:224

    Content type: Research article

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