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People are living longer and many are enjoying healthy lives. However, a significant percentage of older people are particularly vulnerable to even relatively minor changes in their circumstances, and so need particular attention when admitted to a hospital.

Comprehensive Care looks at the concept of ‘frailty’ in older people living in hospital. It brings together NIHR research on what can be done to identify and manage the needs of this group of people and avoid potential problems. With the right support, patients can continue to live well at the end of their hospital stay.

DOI: 10.3310/themedreview-002370

Comprehensive CareComprehensive Care - Older people with frailty in hospital

This review covers four key aspects of caring for older people living with frailty in hospital: Assessment; identifying and managing symptoms associated with frailty in hospital; discharge planning; and caring environments.

It features:

  • 33 published studies
  • 20 ongoing research projects
  • Questions to ask about the care of older people with frailty in hospitals

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