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Effectiveness of a rapid response service for frail older people

Oh, K., Warnes, A.M. and Bath, P.A. (2009) Effectiveness of a rapid response service for frail older people. Nursing Older People, 21 (5). pp. 25-32. ISSN 1472-0795

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AIM: Many innovative community-based intermediate care services have been initiated to address the care needs of older people with chronic health conditions, but there is little evidence about their outcomes or how they are best configured and delivered. This study aimed to evaluate one practice innovation, a rapid response service (RRS).

METHOD: This study focused on the RRS's clinical and therapeutic achievements, and patients' satisfaction with its care. A mixed design of quantitative and qualitative methods was used.

RESULTS: Patients were satisfied with staff attitudes; being treated at home or in a home-like environment; and receiving a quick response to their needs and access to services/ help. Aspects of care that they were dissatisfied with were inconvenient facilities and insufficient equipment or material supplies; arrangements for their care and recovery; lack of communication; inappropriate medical care; and insufficient or limited duration of care.

CONCLUSION: The RRS provided holistic assessments for a previously under-served group of older people with chronic health problems and disabilities, and identified and responded to several unmet needs, partly through its own treatment and partly by referring patients to other health and social services.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Information Studies
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2009 11:34
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2009 11:34
Status: Published
Publisher: RCN Publishing
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9121

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