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interRAI Acute Care available to all Queensland Public Hospitals

In June, an agreement between Queensland Health and the University of Queensland will make the interRAI AC available to all public hospitals in the state.  The interRAI AC constitutes the core of a clinical decision support system developed by the University.  It facilitates geriatric consultation, online consultation to support telemedicine, and ward based comprehensive geriatric assessment. This will be the largest implementation of the interRAI AC to date.  The AC is also being implemented in Belgium and Italy, and is under careful consideration in many others. 

New Singaporean Associate Fellow to interRAI

Mabel Yap

Dr Mabel Yap is Director, Health Services Research and Evaluation, at the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH). She established the Division to evaluate programs and generate knowledge to support evidence-based policy making. She is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the Duke–NUS Graduate Medical School, Centre for Health Services and Systems Research (HSSR). 

Her current projects include: the use of InterRAI to inform service planning and policy; providing the evidence for integrated care pathways; the national Mental Health blueprint; the longitudinal Ministry of Finance and Central Provident Fund (CPF) Retirement and Health Study; development of clinical practice guidelines; health technology assessment; and regional planning of manpower and infrastructure needs.

She received her PhD (Nutrition) from Wageningen University in Netherlands and her Post Graduate Diploma (Human Nutrition) from Deakin University, Australia.  Dr Yap also has a Master’s degree in Science (Public Health) and medical degree from the National University of Singapore. She was instrumental in WHO revising the BMI cut-offs for obesity amongst Asians.

Recent publications

Boorsma M, Frijters DHM, Knol DL, Ribbe ME, Nijpels G, van Hout HPJ. Effects of multidisciplinary integrated care on quality of care in residential care facilities for elderly people: a cluster randomized trial. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 2011 June 27.

van Soest-Poortvliet MC, van der Steen JT, Zimmerman S, Cohen LW, Munn J, Achterberg WP, et al. Measuring the Quality of Dying and Quality of Care When Dying in Long-Term Care Settings: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Available Instruments. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2011 May 25.

Tjam EY, Heckman GA, Smith S, Arai B, Hirdes J, Poss J, McKelvie RS. Predicting heart failure mortality in frail seniors: Comparing the NYHA functional classification with the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) 2.0. Int J Cardiol. 2011 Feb 1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 21292334.

Rabinowitz T, Martin L, Montague P, Hirdes JP. Prevalence and correlates of urinary incontinence in a large cohort of psychiatric inpatients. Psychiatr Serv. 2011 Jan;62(1):97-100. PubMed PMID: 21209308.


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