Charting a Course for High Quality Care Transitions

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Routledge, 2007 - Medical - 138 pages
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Learn how to ensure quality and safety for vulnerable older adults

Transitional care is crucial to older adults with complex care needs who are moving between different locations or different levels of care. Charting a Course for High Quality Care Transitions addresses this problem by providing leading experts and leaders in the field discussing practical strategies that ensure care quality and safety for transitioning vulnerable older adults. This helpful resource comprehensively discusses current research, quality improvement, risk targeting, risk identification, patterns of care, care coordination, and performance assessment.

Lowering the inherent risks for adverse events when moving patients can be challenging. Numerous unforeseen variables such as possible mismanagement of medication or staff shortages can often jeopardize patient safety. Charting a Course for High Quality Care Transitions offers practical approaches to address several of the main challenges encountered by health professionals. This book focuses on various ways to provide the highest quality patient-centered care through advancements in research, practice, and data measurement. This informative text is extensively referenced and contains numerous tables to clarify and illustrate important data.

Topics in Charting a Course for High Quality Care Transitions include:
  • a semantic framework for overcoming quality improvement issues stemming from inconsistent use of terms
  • a tool for home health agencies to identify home health care patients at risk for hospital readmission
  • medical and social factors that contribute to poor quality care transitions
  • a successful Advanced Practice Nurse transitional care model that can improve outcomes to cognitively impaired older adults
  • unrecognized needs of older adults living in residential care facilities
  • patient-centered performance measurement
  • early results of the Reducing Acute Care Hospitalization National Demonstration Collaborative
  • gaps in research that need to be addressed in the future

Charting a Course for High Quality Care Transitions is an important resource for home care professionals, hospital discharge planners, public health nurses, geriatric health services researchers, and health care professionals of all types.

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Clarifying Concepts and Terms from the Hospital Perspective
Development and Testing of an Analytic Model to Identify Home Healthcare Patients at Risk for a Hospitalization Within the First 60 Days of Care
Rehospitalization in Patients with Complicated Transitionsin the First Thirty Days After Hospital Discharge for Acute Stroke
Care Coordination for Cognitively Impaired Older Adults and Their Caregivers
Opportunities to Improve Quality of Transitional Care in the Elderly
The Central Role of Performance Measurement in Improving the Quality of Transitional Care
Early Results of Implementation
A Research and Policy Agenda for Transitions from Nursing Homes to Home

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Eric A. Coleman, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Medicine within the Divisions of Health Care Policy and Research and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center. As a board-certified geriatrician, Dr. Coleman maintains direct patient care responsibility for older adults in ambulatory, acute, and subacute care settings. Dr. Coleman's research focuses on enhancing the role of patients and caregivers in improving the quality of their care transitions across acute and post-acute settings; measuring the quality of care transitions from the perspective of patients and caregivers; implementing system-level practice improvement interventions; and using health information technology to promote safe and effective care transitions.



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