Continuity of care failing frail older people in hospitals, says The King’s Fund


Posted on June 16th, by editor in CT Extra. No Comments

Two reports published by The King’s Fund highlight how frail older people are being exposed to unacceptable standards of care and moved around from pillar to post in hospital because of a lack of continuity of care.

Two reports published by The King’s Fund highlight how frail older people are being exposed to unacceptable standards of care and moved around from pillar to post in hospital because of a lack of continuity of care.
 
The first report draws attention to breakdowns in continuity of care inside hospitals. Analysis of inpatient surveys cited in the report shows that measures of continuity of care – that is, the effective planning, communication and co-ordination of care – have remained static or slightly worsened between 2005 and 2010:
 
– nearly half of all patients thought they were not at all involved or only to some extent involved in the decisions that affected their care
– one in five said they could not find a member of staff to talk to about their worries and fears
– two-fifths said that their discharge was delayed.
 
Older people make up the majority of hospital patients, accounting for 70 per cent of occupied b





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