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Research Centre DCRC Assessment and Better Care
Partner Institution University of Canberra and Neuroscience Research Australia
Project Description

Whilst the presence of dementia is likely to have a direct impact on outcome from an acute health event in an older person, there are a number of points in the acute and rehabilitation journey following a fracture related hospitalisation where opportunities exist to improve care, maximise meaningful functional outcomes and reduce the risk of future falls and fractures in this high risk population.

This three part collaborative study aimed to use both quantitative and qualitative data analysis to provide evidence that opportunities do exist in a number of parts of the patient journey where the approach to delivery of care could have a direct impact on outcomes for older people with dementia who are admitted following an acute fracture.

We found that there were some differences in the way older people with dementia and hip fracture accessed rehabilitation compared to older people without dementia.  Our research describes and comments on the processes that health professionals use to guide a patient journey as they move from an acute episode of care into rehabilitation

We hope much of this work will be published in peer-reviewed journals.  The results and conclusions from the three research projects contained within this one DCRC funded project will help inform health professionals, managers and policy makers in relation to caring for older people with dementia who also have a fractured hip.  This body of knowledge may also provide the necessary supporting information to inform and shape the design of a future trial which looks at a tailored multidisciplinary intervention to maximise function outcomes following injury related hospitalisation in older people with dementia.

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