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

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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.

Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)35-38
Antal sidor4
TidskriftEuropean Geriatric Medicine
Volym5
Nummer1
DOI
StatusPublished - 2014 feb.
Externt publiceradJa

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