Improving the care of frail older people
The study is entitled: Proactive Health Care of Older People in Care Homes (PEACH) and aims to help an NHS and care home community to develop a Quality Improvement (QI) programme to deliver consistent, high quality and proactive healthcare for residents.
It will describe what care is delivered, measure its effects on quality of life and on how often residents use the NHS. It will also count the cost of healthcare and weigh this against benefits gained. In addition, the research aims to describe how other regions could do similar work within existing resources, to help the NHS realise the benefits of providing timely and person-centred care for care home residents on a proactive basis.
The PEACH team is led by researchers at the University of Nottingham, but is a collaboration between several universities, NHS Trusts and local care homes and includes a wide range of multidisciplinary academic and clinical skills, as well as care home managers and lay representatives.
**Update October 2017: First publication now published in the British Medical Journal: protocol for realist review of comprehensive assessment in care homes.**
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