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JAMDA
May 20, 2016

Loneliness is a geriatric syndrome associated with impaired health, poor quality of life, cognitive decline, and increased mortality.1–4 Loneliness has been defined as a subjective feeling, a discrepancy between a person's own expectations and one's actual social network.5 Therefore, one can suffer from loneliness even if surrounded by others.6 Feelings of loneliness are common among older people. Approximately 4% to 9% of community-dwelling older people suffer from constant loneliness, and an additional one-third may experience some degree of loneliness.

JAMDA
May 20, 2016

The unique needs of homebound adults receiving home-based medical care (HBMC) (ie, home-based primary care and home-based palliative care services) are ideally provided by interdisciplinary care teams (IDTs) that provide coordinated care. The composition of team members from an array of organizations and the unique dimension of providing care in the home present specific challenges to timely access and communication of patient care information. The objective of this work was to develop a conceptual framework and corresponding quality indicators (QIs) that assess how IDT members for HBMC...

JAMDA
May 20, 2016

An absence of evidence-based guidelines for the management of commonly encountered infections is a significant barrier to better antibiotic stewardship in the long-term care (LTC) setting. Consequently, the peer-reviewed antimicrobial treatment algorithms developed by Dr. Zarowitz and colleagues as part of Omnicare's Geriatric Pharmaceutical Care Guidelines that were recently published in the Journal1 represent a potentially important contribution to the field.

JAMDA
May 20, 2016

Loneliness is a geriatric syndrome associated with impaired health, poor quality of life, cognitive decline, and increased mortality.1–4 Loneliness has been defined as a subjective feeling, a discrepancy between a person's own expectations and one's actual social network.5 Therefore, one can suffer from loneliness even if surrounded by others.6 Feelings of loneliness are common among older people. Approximately 4% to 9% of community-dwelling older people suffer from constant loneliness, and an additional one-third may experience some degree of loneliness.

JAMDA
May 20, 2016

The unique needs of homebound adults receiving home-based medical care (HBMC) (ie, home-based primary care and home-based palliative care services) are ideally provided by interdisciplinary care teams (IDTs) that provide coordinated care. The composition of team members from an array of organizations and the unique dimension of providing care in the home present specific challenges to timely access and communication of patient care information. The objective of this work was to develop a conceptual framework and corresponding quality indicators (QIs) that assess how IDT members for HBMC...

JAMDA
May 18, 2016

The 2014 Eighth Joint National Committee guidelines for hypertension management emphasize the upper limit of blood pressure (BP) as the target for treatment in the elderly population. Given the uncertainty regarding optimal BP range, we aimed to investigate the association between observed BP and subsequent mortality in older people.

JAMDA
May 18, 2016

To examine the relationship between angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) use and gait performance in older adults.

JAMDA
May 18, 2016

To examine the relationship between angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) use and gait performance in older adults.

Policy Snapshot
May 13, 2016

The American Medical Association (AMA) is calling on doctors to avoid opioids, and preferably use non-pharmacologic therapy and non-opioid pharmacologic therapy. In an open letter to doctors, AMA President Steven Stack said physicians should avoid initiating opioids for new patients with chronic non-cancer pain and should limit the amount of opioids prescribed in post-operative and acute settings by prescribing the lowest effective dose for the shortest period of time if opioids are necessary.

Read Stack's letter...

Policy Snapshot
May 13, 2016

A revised Transitional Care Management Services Fact Sheet is available from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The fact sheet provides information about:

  • Who can provide the service and supervision
  • Settings, components, and billing for TCM services.
  • ...