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Patients' aged ≥ 65 years dispositions during ambulance assignments, including factors associated with non-conveyance to hospital: a longitudinal and comparative study
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. (Ctr Interprofess Cooperat Emergency Care CICE)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8358-3920
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. Region Kronoberg, Sweden. (Ctr Interprofess Cooperat Emergency Care CICE)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8376-8805
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. (Ctr Interprofess Cooperat Emergency Care CICE)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5412-9497
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. Region Kronoberg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7479-8092
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2020 (English)In: BMJ Open, E-ISSN 2044-6055, Vol. 10, no 11, p. 1-7, article id e038885Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives Patients >= 65 years old represent 30%-50% of all ambulance assignments (AAs), and the knowledge of which care level they are disposed to is limited and diverging. The aim of this study was therefore to describe and compare characteristics of patients' aged >= 65 years dispositions during AA, including determining changes over time and factors associated with non-conveyance to hospitals. Design A longitudinal and comparative database study. Setting Ambulance service in a Swedish region. Participants 32 085 AAs with patients >= 65 years old during the years 2014, 2016 and 2018. Exclusion criteria: AAs with interhospital patient transfers and lack of patients' dispositions data. Outcome measures Dependent factors: conveyance and non-conveyance to hospitals. Independent factors: age, sex, symptom, triage level, scene, time, day and season. Results The majority (n=29 060; 90.6%) of patients' dispositions during AA were conveyance to hospitals. In total, the most common symptoms were circulatory (n=4953; 15.5%) and respiratory (n=4529; 14.1%). A significant increase, p<0.01, of non-conveyance to hospitals was shown during 2014 and 2018, from 801 (7.8%) to 1295 (11.4%). Increasing age was associated with decreasing odds of non-conveyance, 85-89 years (OR=0.85, 95 % CI=0.72 to 0.99) and 90 years or older (OR=0.80, 95 % CI=0.68 to 0.93). Several factors were associated with non-conveyance, for example, symptoms of diabetes (OR=8.57, 95 % CI=5.99 to 12.26) and mental disorders (OR=5.71, 95 % CI=3.85 to 8.48) in comparison with infections. Conclusions The study demonstrates several patient characteristics, and factors associated with non-conveyance to hospitals, such as age, symptom, triage level, scene, time, day and season. The increasing non-conveyance trend highlights the importance of further studies on optimal care levels for patients >= 65 years old.

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BMJ Publishing Group Ltd, 2020. Vol. 10, no 11, p. 1-7, article id e038885
Keywords [en]
accident & emergency medicine, geriatric medicine, organisation of health services
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Nursing
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Health and Caring Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-99995DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-038885ISI: 000596216900001PubMedID: 33243795Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85096947341OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-99995DiVA, id: diva2:1518350
Available from: 2021-01-15 Created: 2021-01-15 Last updated: 2023-08-28Bibliographically approved
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1. Pathways for older patients in acute situations and involved actors' experiences of decision-making in ambulatory care
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Pathways for older patients in acute situations and involved actors' experiences of decision-making in ambulatory care
2022 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Aim: The overall aim was to describe and compare pathways for older patients and the involved actors’ experiences of decision-making in acute situations in ambulatory care.

Methods: The overall three-fold design, comprising exploratory, descriptive as well as comparative ones, was conducted inductively, including a mixed method with a convergent integrated approach to empirical data. The four involved studies were analysed using either quantitative or qualitative analysis methods.

Results: Most older patients’ pathways when being assessed by ambulance personnel involved receiving care at hospitals. However, an increasing trend of non-conveyance to hospitals was identified during a five-year period (2014–2018), which means receiving care, for example, at home or primary healthcare (PHC) centres. Decision-making about the level-of-care for older patients was more or less uncertain for all involved actors, i.e. older patients, significant others and healthcare professionals such as ambulance personnel, registered nurses, specialists in general practice at PHC centres and community health nurses. To increase the level of certainty in the decision-making process, all actors was supported by both an individual and external dialogue. Individual dialogue gave support by using own experience and knowledge. For ambulance personnel and community health nurses, support was also partially gained from decision support tools but was regarded as insufficient when older patients had non-specific symptoms. External dialogue provided support through mutuality, and via collaboration, a common goal, trust and responsibility. Mutuality gave support through experience and knowledge being shared with all involved actors, which provided a common comprehensive understanding that facilitated consensus in the decision-making.

Conclusion: The increasing level of non-conveyance to hospitals and uncertainty during decision-making highlights the need to develop and extend the availability of dialogue-based collaborations as support in ambulatory care. Dialogue-based support involves all actors contributing to the decision-making. Healthcare professionals need to be aware of the prerequisites and the support that mutuality in external dialogues brings. Healthcare organisations need to develop and extend dialogue-based collaboration in ambulatory care by combining different expertise and providing conditions to increase support in decisions adapted to older patients' needs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Linnaeus University Press, 2022. p. 149
Series
Linnaeus University Dissertations ; 472
Keywords
Acute situation, aged, ambulatory care, decision making, pathways, support
National Category
Gerontology, specialising in Medical and Health Sciences Nursing Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
Research subject
Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-117566 (URN)10.15626/LUD.472.2022 (DOI)9789189709669 (ISBN)9789189709676 (ISBN)
Public defence
2022-12-16, Weber, Universitetsplatsen 1, Växjö, 10:00 (Swedish)
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The Kamprad Family Foundation, 2016-0158
Available from: 2022-11-25 Created: 2022-11-18 Last updated: 2024-03-07Bibliographically approved

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