Continuity - Collaboration and Coordination

Background
Often Older medical patients have multiple conditions and therefore connected to several specialties at hospitals. Around 15% of older medical patients in Denmark are readmitted within one month after discharge from hospital causing numerous transitions. Transitions within the hospital and across sectors are associated with loss of information and increased risk of adverse events because of communicative errors.

Main Focus
Our main focus is to describe the amount and the quality of written communication about the older medical patients, and how this relates to patient satisfaction. Further, we study the connection between patients diagnosis and ward allocation, transactions between wards and sectors.

On-going studies
Relatives´ Experiences of Acute Hospitalization of Their Older Family Member. Ditte Maria Sivertsen, Louise Lawson-Smith, Tove Lindhardt [Manuscript in preparation]

The Older Medical Patients´ Care Trajectories. Ditte Sivertsen, Louise Lawson-Smith [Manuscript in preparation]

Acute Hospital Admissions Among Older Medical Patients Related to Disease Management. Helle Gybel Juul-Larsen, Ditte Maria Sivertsen, Ove Andersen and Janne Petersen [Manuscript in preparation]

Finished studies
Elderly Patients with Community-Acquired Pneumonia Are Not Treated According to Current Guidelines. Tove Lindhardt, Henrik Hedegaard Klausen, Christina Christiansen, Louise Lawson Smith, Janne Petersen & Ove Andersen, Dan Med J 2013;60(2):A4572

Ældre Patienter med Pneumoni Behandles Ikke i Overensstemmelse med Aktuelle Kliniske Retningslinjer. Tove Lindhardt, Henrik Hedegaard Klausen, Christina Christiansen, Louise Lawson Smith, Janne Petersen & Ove Andersen, Ugeskr Læger 2013;175(6):360 

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