Thursday, 11 June 2015

SPHPM funding news for important study about Emergency Departments and older people

SPHPM NHMRC Post-doctoral Fellow and Senior Research Fellow, Dr Judy Lowthian recently had her application for the Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre Seed Funding Initiative approved. The funding amount totalled $49,206 and will be provided by Alfred Health for her project ‘HOspitals and patients WoRking in Unity - HOW R U?’.

HOW R U? is a collaboration between researchers, clinicians and volunteer services from SPHPM, Alfred Health and Cabrini Health. 

Team members include:

SPHPM, Monash University
Dr Andrea Curtis
Professor Peter Cameron

Alfred Health
Dr de Villiers Smit
Gillian Wilson

Cath Garner
Natalie Sullivan  
Dr Deb O'Brien 
Associate Professor Lee Boyd  

Older people are disproportionately represented in private and public Emergency Departments (EDs) and hospitals. Many lack social support and have symptoms of loneliness, social isolation, and/or depression; all of which are associated with negative health outcomes, functional decline, institutionalisation, mortality and increased hospital use.

Up to 56 per cent of community-dwelling ED patients feel socially isolated and 24 per cent have depressive feelings.  Social isolation is associated with a 4 to 5 fold increase in the likelihood of early ED re-attendance and admission to hospital. Providing targeted post-discharge telephone support may diminish this important individual and health system burden.

Dr Lowthian’s pragmatic uncontrolled pilot study will examine the acceptability and feasibility of providing volunteer-peer telephone support for older patients identified in the ED or acute medical ward as being at risk of repeated ED attendance and hospital admission.

“The aim of our study is to improve the quality of life these ED patients and to reduce their risk of avoidable re-attendance and hospitalisation,” Dr Lowthian said.

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