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Comprehensive geriatric assessment on an acute medical unit : a qualitative study of older people’s and informal carer’s perspectives of the care and treatment received

Darby, J, Williamson, T, Logan, P and Gladman, J 2015, 'Comprehensive geriatric assessment on an acute medical unit : a qualitative study of older people’s and informal carer’s perspectives of the care and treatment received' , Clinical Rehabilitation . (In Press)

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Abstract

Objective: This qualitative study was imbedded in a randomised controlled trial evaluating the addition of geriatricians to usual care to enable the comprehensive geriatric assessment process with older patients on acute medical units. The qualitative study explored the perspectives of intervention participants on their care and treatment. Design: A constructivist study incorporating semi-structured interviews which were conducted in patients’ homes within six weeks of discharge from the acute medical unit. These interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analysed using thematic analysis. Setting: An acute medical unit in the United Kingdom. Participants: Older patients (n=18) and their informal carers (n=6) discharged directly home from an acute medical unit, who had been in the intervention group of the randomised controlled trial. Results: Three core themes were constructed: 1) perceived lack of treatment on the acute medical unit; 2) nebulous grasp of the role of the geriatrician; and 3) on-going health and activities of daily living (ADLs) needs post discharge. These needs impacted upon the informal carers, who either took over, or helped the patients to complete their ADLs. Despite the help received with ADLs, a lot of the patients voiced a desire to complete these activities themselves. Conclusions: The participants perceived they were just monitored and observed on the acute medical unit, rather than receiving active treatment, and spoke of on-going unresolved health and activity of daily living needs following discharge, despite receiving the additional intervention of a geriatrician. Keywords Acute medical unit, comprehensive geriatric assessment, rehabilitation, qualitative study

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Clinical Rehabilitation
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0269-2155
Funders: NIHR
Depositing User: T Williamson
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2016 10:17
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2016 10:17
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/37840

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