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dc.contributor.authorGrealish, Laurie A
dc.contributor.authorForbes, Mark
dc.contributor.authorBeylacq, Mandy
dc.contributor.authorAdeleye, Adeniyi O
dc.contributor.authorCrilly, Julia
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-26T00:05:25Z
dc.date.available2018-09-26T00:05:25Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.issn1322-7696
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.colegn.2017.01.001
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/340336
dc.description.abstractBackground:Models of emergent care evolve in response to an ageing population. TheMedicalAssessment Unit(MAU) receives patients from the Emergency Department(ED)for up to 48 h to facilitate assessment, care and treatment before discharge home or to another inpatient unit. Aim: To describe the clinical and social characteristics of older people who had a stay in the MAU and then re-present to the ED within 28 days of discharge from hospital. Methods: A retrospective observational study design was used. Data were extracted from electronic medical records of older people who re-presented to two public teaching hospital EDs in Queensland,Australia, over a two-week period in 2014. Findings: There were 78 older people who made 84 re-presentations. The average age was 79 years; average number of co-morbidities was seven (range 1–18); almost one-quarter (23%) lived alone; more (63%) were female; half (58%) were married; and one-fifth (20%) had some form of cognitive impairment. Of those who re-presented with the same diagnosis, 46% had cardio-respiratory conditions. One-quarter (28%) of the re-presenters had a discharge summary from the last admission. Discussion: Most of the re-presenters in this study had cardio-respiratory conditions. While a discharge summary was available, it was not consistently completed, raising the importance of discharge summaries as part of continuity across services for older people. Conclusion: How the ED, MAU and primary health services are coordinated bears further investigation. Research into the value of coordination roles, such as nurse navigators, for older people re-presenting to ED is recommended.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.sponsorshipGold Coast Hospital and Health Service
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom1
dc.relation.ispartofpageto6
dc.relation.ispartofjournalCollegian
dc.subject.fieldofresearchNursing not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchNursing
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode111099
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1110
dc.titleOlder persons who re-present to the Emergency Department: An observational study
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
dcterms.licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery
gro.description.notepublicThis publication has been entered into Griffith Research Online as an Advanced Online Version.
gro.rights.copyright© 2017 Australian College of Nursing Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/) which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, providing that the work is properly cited.
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gro.griffith.authorCrilly, Julia
gro.griffith.authorGrealish, Laurie A.


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