Older Person Friendly Hospitals
Our hospitals and hospital care need to be designed for older people, because people over 65 occupy half of hospital beds, have longer stays and are at higher risk of hospital-associated harm such as delirium, falls and adverse drug events. Harm and length of stay can be reduced by systematic implementation of comprehensive assessment, evidence-based prevention and management of geriatric syndromes, medication review and an appropriate physical environment. Work within this older person friendly hospital stream will provide deeper understanding of barriers to older person friendly hospital care, and develop and evaluate practical strategies to embed older person friendly principles in hospitals.
Professor Leonard Gray
Masonic Chair in Geriatric Medicine, UQ
Director, Centre for Health Services Research Faculty of Medicine, UQ
Director, Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine, UQ
Director, Centre for Online Health, UQ
Consultant Geriatrician, PAH