Addressing Health Care Needs For Frail Seniors In Canada: The Role of InterRAI Instruments
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Fiscal pressure on the Canadian health care system results from rising numbers of frail seniors with multiple concurrent medical co-morbidities and geriatric syndromes. Improving outcomes in such seniors is contingent on a comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) to identify strengths and deficits and to facilitate the development of a comprehensive care plan. InterRAI instruments are standardized, reliable, and validated suites of tools to conduct CGAs; they offer several benefits, including helping clinicians identify important health issues among patients, develop appropriate care plans, and monitor patient progess. These instruments also provide several benefits beyond the bedside, including quality indicators to assess care quality, and case-mix classification algorithms to facilitate funding of health services. Finally, interRAI instruments, which are implemented in several health care settings across Canada and abroad, provide a standardized and common language that is compatible with electronic medical records and will facilitate greater integration of the health care system.
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George A. Heckman, Leonard C. Gray, John P. Hirdes (2013). Addressing Health Care Needs For Frail Seniors In Canada: The Role of InterRAI Instruments. UWSpace. http://hdl.handle.net/10012/11701
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