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Publication date: 5 October 2010

Marie Boltz, Elizabeth Capezuti and Nina Shabbat

The purpose of this mixed methods study is to define the core components of a system‐wide, acute care program designed to meet the needs of older adults.

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this mixed methods study is to define the core components of a system‐wide, acute care program designed to meet the needs of older adults.

Design/methodology/approach

Concept mapping methodology (multidimensional scaling and cluster analysis) was used to obtain data describing the core components of a geriatric acute care model. The input of 306 “stakeholders” (clinicians, administrators, consumers, educators, and researchers) was obtained through a world wide web interface, supplemented with consumer interviews.

Findings

The findings yielded eight clusters describing components of a geriatric acute care program: guiding principles, leadership, organizational structures, physical environment, patient‐ and family‐centered approaches, aging‐sensitive practices, geriatric staff competence, and interdisciplinary resources and processes. A total of 113 items that describe dimensions of quality were identified with these clusters.

Practical implications

The clusters and dimensions provide a framework for a hospital to use to plan, implement, and evaluate an acute care model for older adults.

Originality/value

There is not a common understanding of what constitutes a comprehensive set of resources, programs, and activities to address the needs of hospitalized older adults and their families and the staff who serve them. Concept mapping was an effective method of engaging the perspectives of various stakeholders in creating a framework to address these needs, as well as useful in illuminating areas for future research.

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Leadership in Health Services, vol. 23 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1751-1879

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Publication date: 5 October 2010

Jennifer Bowerman

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Leadership in Health Services, vol. 23 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1751-1879

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