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Can J Aging. 2018 Mar;37(1):60-69. doi: 10.1017/S0714980817000538. Epub 2018 Jan 8.

Adverse Events in Home Care: Identifying and Responding with interRAI Scales and Clinical Assessment Protocols.

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School of Public Health and Health Systems,University of Waterloo.
Central Local Health Integration Network,Richmond Hill,ON.
University Health Network,Toronto,ON.


Outcomes of adverse events in home care are varied and multifactorial. This study tested a framework combining two health measures to identify home care recipients at higher risk of long-term care placement or death within one year. Both measures come from the Resident Assessment Instrument-Home Care (RAI-HC), a standardized comprehensive clinical assessment. Persons scoring high in the Method for Assigning Priority Levels (MAPLe) algorithm and Changes in Health, End-stage disease, Signs and Symptoms (CHESS) scale were at the greatest risk of placement or death and more than twice as likely to experience either outcome earlier than others. The target group was more likely to trigger mood, social relationship, and caregiver distress issues, suggesting mental health and psychosocial interventions might help in addition to medical care and/or personal support services. Home care agencies can use this framework to identify home care patients who may require a more intensive care coordinator approach.


aging; aidants; caregivers; case management; decision support; gestion de cas; home care; interRAI; soins à domicile; soutien à la décision; vieillissement

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