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Differentiating frailty in older people using the Swedish ambulance service: A retrospective audit
University of Borås, School of Health Science.
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2012 (English)In: International Emergency Nursing, ISSN 1755-599X, E-ISSN 1878-013X, Vol. 20, no 4, 228-235 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The elderly population in Sweden is increasing. This will lead to an increased need for healthcare resources and put extra demands on healthcare professionals. Consequently, ambulance personnel will be faced with the challenge of meeting extra demands from increasing numbers of older people with complex and atypical clinical presentations. Therefore we highlight that great problems exist for ambulance personnel to understand and meet these patients’ care needs. Using a caring science approach, we apply the patient’s perspective, and the aim of this study is to identify and illuminate the conditions that affect elderly people assessed with the assessment category “general affected health condition”. Thus, we have analyzed the characteristics belonging to this specific condition. The method is a retrospective audit, involving a qualitative content analysis of a total of 88 emergency service records. The conclusion is that by using caring science, the concept of frailty which is based on a comprehensive understanding of human life can clarify the state of “general affected health condition”, as either illness or ill-health. This offers a new assessment category and outlines care and treatment that strengthen and support the health and wellbeing of the individual elderly person. Furthermore, the concept of frailty ought to be included in “The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems” (ICD-10).

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Elsevier Ltd , 2012. Vol. 20, no 4, 228-235 p.
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pre-hospital emergency care, nursing, caring science, frailty
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Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy Pharmaceutical Sciences
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Integrated Caring Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-1196DOI: 10.1016/j.ienj.2011.09.005ISI: 000208853400007PubMedID: 23084511Local ID: 2320/10082OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-1196DiVA: diva2:869220
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