Development and implementation of a senior care program for older hospitalized patients: Bridging the gap between research, education and clinical practice in an academic service partnership

Jita G Hoogerduijn, Saskia Weldam, Robert J van Barneveld, Marieke J Schuurmans


Aim: To describe a best practice focused on improving hospital care for older patients.

Background: 30%-60% of older patients will develop functional decline following hospital admission, resulting in increased dependency. In our ageing world the need to prevent functional decline is a priority for health care professionals.

Methods: In an academic service partnership, in which participated a University Medical Center and a University of Applied Sciences, an evidence based program was developed: “Home Faster and Better” to prevent functional decline and to enhance safe care for older patients (≥70 years). Students of the Bachelor in Nursing Program developed the program, supervised by a clinical nurse specialist and a nurse scientist.

Results: A three-step care program, the DEFENCE model, (risk assessment, comprehensive geriatric assessment and targeted interventions) was developed as a best practice.

Conclusion: The partnership enhanced the transition of research into clinical practice, optimized the use of existing resources and created an inspiring learning environment for nursing professionals and students.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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