Geriatric Care Model Centers on Nurse Leadership

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media , July 17, 2012

"Over the years, many evidence-based models of geriatric care have been developed, but few have been widely implemented. Our study developed the theory that putting multiple geriatric models into a geriatric service line or 'portfolio,' and providing technical assistance to an adopting organization in a learning collaborative, would make these models attractive for adoption by health systems from both a clinical and economic standpoint," lead researcher, Bruce Leff, MD, a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said in a statement.


"We are hoping to turn the participating health systems involved in this study into expert centers to provide technical assistance to more health systems to adopt the models, and working to expand beyond the hospital to include post-acute and ambulatory areas."

In the meantime, hospitals without such models in place might look to the programs being studied by the Medicare Innovations Collaborative for inspiration, and for nurse leaders, NICHE sounds like a great place to start.

Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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