Improving acute care for older people at scale - the Acute Frailty Network

Conroy, S.; Thompson, D.; Griffiths, S.; Tite, M.; Guest, J.; Rumley-Buss, A.; Smith, L.; Burge, P.; Hawkins, J.; Gladman, J.

Acute Medicine 15(4): 185-192

2016


ISSN/ISBN: 1747-4892
PMID: 28112287
Document Number: 17166
Older people form a growing proportion and volume of those accessing urgent care. Non-specific presentations, multiple comorbidities and functional decline make assessment and management of this cohort challenging. Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment offers an evidence based framework to assess and mange older people, especially those with frailty. In this article we describe the CGA approach, underpinned by specific examples illustrating some of the key competencies required, and describe the role of the Acute Frailty Network (AFN). The AFN is a national improvement collaborative designed to support hospitals in delivering evidence based care for older people with frailty and urgent care needs. We describe the principles underlying the approach of the AFN, derived from working with over 20 hospitals, and some of the early successes.

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