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JAMDA
June 5, 2019

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects more than one-third of people aged 65 and older.1 At the same time, a large proportion of persons referred to nephrologists because of their renal disease may be considered as “geriatric” patients.

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June 2, 2019

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Society Treasurer Jeffrey Nichols, MD, CMD, is widely known for his popular “Dear Dr. Jeff “column in Caring for the Ages. However, he is more than that—much more. He currently is chief medical officer at the Gouverneur Skilled Nursing Facility in...

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June 1, 2019
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June 1, 2019
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JAMDA
June 1, 2019

The quality of care in the nursing home setting has attracted significant attention in recent years, especially when it comes to end-of-life care. In particular, there is a nexus between clinical burden, organizational context, and the quality of care in the nursing home.1 In broad terms, organizational context can be categorized into 2 domains: systemwide processes and human behavioral factors. The systemwide processes are often multi-pronged and complex, and it is often difficult, if not impossible, to attribute the benefits of any individual process within the system.

JAMDA
June 1, 2019

As per Benjamin Franklin, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Who would have thought that words spoken more than 200 years ago would so aptly apply today to the situation when patients transition after hospitalization? Indeed, instead of properly preparing for a patient's discharge through comprehensive, timely discharge planning, hospitals often initiate these moves hastily, resulting in preventable adverse outcomes such as medication errors and unnecessary rehospitalizations. The failure of quality discharge planning becomes increasingly important as hospitals and nursing...

JAMDA
June 1, 2019

To derive and validate a model to predict a patient's probability of skilled nursing facility (SNF) discharge using data available from day 1 of hospitalization.

JAMDA
June 1, 2019

To develop an ultrasonographic scanning protocol that included an assessment of muscle size [the proposed Bilateral Anterior Thigh Thickness (BATT)] and quality (echogenicity) to support the diagnosis of sarcopenia in a clinical setting. To determine the relationship of BATT and ultrasound echogenicity with physical function parameters of sarcopenia and test the reliability of ultrasound echogenicity measurements.