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interRAI activities continue apace in our region. I am aware of major implementations of the interRAI Long Term Care Facility in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. The interRAI Acute Care is now available for use in all public hospitals in Queensland. Several new start ups using the interRAI Home Care are at hand.
In the next few months, expect to see interesting – maybe even exciting – results from a raft of studies related to use of the interRAI hospital “mini-suite” – the interRAI ED screener, the interRAI AC, the Post Acute supplement, and the interRAI Home Care in the Australian Transition Care program. The next edition of the newsletter will provide some of these results.
In a paper published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on June 27, Dutch researchers demonstrated that a multi-disciplinary intervention centred on the interRAI Long Term Care Facility assessment system improved the quality of care of residents of Dutch residential aged care facilities. The study employed a cluster randomised controlled design involving 10 facilities and 340 residents, ensuring that the results are robust and convincing.
See http://www.cmaj.ca/content/early/2011/06/27/cmaj.101498 for the full report.
This study provides further evidence that a systematic approach to assessment and care planning provides important benefits for older people in institutional settings, echoing the results of an earlier study using the interRAI home care system conducted by Bernabei and colleagues (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC28532/).
The interRAI LTCF – a key component of the new interRAI Suite – is now being deployed in many countries around the world, including Australia, Belgium, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore and Spain, adding to the widespread use of the earlier version RAI MDS 2.0. In the next few years, many of these earlier adopters are expected to upgrade to the LTCF.
interRAI recently concluded an agreement with Uniquest – the commercial arm of the University of Queensland, Australia – that will, in turn, facilitate a major implementation of the interRAI Acute Care system across all public hospitals in the state of Queensland. Until June, the interRAI AC was in use in 3 public hospitals in the state, but this agreement will see its availability extended to up to 100 hospitals. At the time of writing, several new implementations were immediately underway, with many more anticipated during 2011. In Queensland, the AC is used primarily to support geriatric consultation, with nurse assessors preparing cases, which are subsequently reviewed and reported by geriatricians.
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Elliott, Timothy R., Phillips, Charles D., Patnaik, Ashweeta, Naiser, Emily, Booth, Eric A., Fournier, Constance J., Miller, Thomas R., Moudouni, Darcy M., Hawes, Catherine, and Dyer, James A. Medicaid Personal Care Services and Caregivers' Reports of Children's Health: The Dynamics of a Relationship, HSR 2011. (published online).
Phillips, Charles D. and Patnaik, Ashweeta and Dyer, James A. and Naiser, Emily and Hawes, Catherine and Fournier, Constance J. and Elliott, Timothy R. (published online) Reliability and the measurement of activity limitations (ADLs) for children with special health care needs (CSHCN) living in the community, Disability and Rehabilitation 2011.