Implementation of geriatric recommendations by doctors: A comparison of models of geriatric assessment for mobile and home-ridden patients

Matan Greenbom, Boris Punchik, Ella Kagan, Tamar Freud, Yan Press

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    Abstract

    In the present study we assessed the rate of implementation of recommendations given following geriatric assessment for home-ridden patients; a retrospective review of medical records to evaluate the implementation of geriatric recommendations given to patients in the Home Geriatric Service (HGS) between 2015 and 2016. The patients were categorized into two groups: the HGS-clinic (HGS-C) group, in which the primary care physician was responsible for implementation of the recommendations, and the HGS-home care (HGS-H) group, in which the responsibility for implementation of the recommendations was on the geriatrician. The results were compared with the implementation of recommendations in other ambulatory models for mobile patients-Clinic-Based Geriatric Assessment Services (CBGAS). The study included 865 patients. The highest rate of implementation was in the HGS-H group (85.7%), compared with 66.6% in the HGS-C group and 52.7% in the CBGAS group ( p < 0.0001). In the logistic regression model for prediction of patients with implementation rates above 75%, the only variable that entered the prediction model was affiliation with the HGSH group (odds ratio [OR] = 4.8, 95% confidence interval [CI] 2.3-9.6, p < 0.0001) or the HGS-C group (OR = 1.7, 95% CI 1.0-2.9, p = 0.046). The implementation rate for geriatric recommendations is higher for home-ridden patients compared with mobile patients, with the maximum recommendation rate in the subgroup, where geriatricians implemented the recommendations themselves. These findings raise the possibility that the most successful model, in terms of the implementation of recommendations, is the model in which implementation is carried out by the same staff that conducted the assessment.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)377-386
    Number of pages10
    JournalRejuvenation Research
    Volume23
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1 Oct 2020

    Keywords

    • Geriatric assessment
    • Home care
    • Home-ridden patients
    • Implementation
    • Models
    • Primary care physicians

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Aging
    • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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