Sharing clinical information across care settings: The birth of an integrated assessment system

Gray, Leonard C., Berg, Katherine, Fries, Brant E., Henrard, Jean-Claude, Hirdes, John P., Steel, Knight and Morris, John N. (2009) Sharing clinical information across care settings: The birth of an integrated assessment system. BMC Health Services Research, 9 71.1-71.10. doi:10.1186/1472-6963-9-71

Author Gray, Leonard C.
Berg, Katherine
Fries, Brant E.
Henrard, Jean-Claude
Hirdes, John P.
Steel, Knight
Morris, John N.
Title Sharing clinical information across care settings: The birth of an integrated assessment system
Journal name BMC Health Services Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1472-6963
Publication date 2009-04-29
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1472-6963-9-71
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 9
Start page 71.1
End page 71.10
Total pages 10
Editor Melissa Norton
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Bio Med Central
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
111702 Aged Health Care
111711 Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance)
111718 Residential Client Care
920203 Diagnostic Methods
9299 Other Health
080605 Decision Support and Group Support Systems
0806 Information Systems
Formatted abstract
BACKGROUND: Population ageing, the emergence of chronic illness, and the shift away from institutional care challenge conventional approaches to assessment systems which traditionally are problem and setting specific.

METHODS: From 2002, the interRAI research collaborative undertook development of a suite of assessment tools to support assessment and care planning of persons with chronic illness, frailty, disability, or mental health problems across care settings. The suite constitutes an early example of a "third generation" assessment system.

The rationale and development strategy for the suite is described, together with a description of potential applications. To date, ten instruments comprise the suite, each comprising "core" items shared among the majority of instruments and "optional" items that are specific to particular care settings or situations.

This comprehensive suite offers the opportunity for integrated multi-domain assessment, enabling electronic clinical records, data transfer, ease of interpretation and streamlined training.
Keyword Geriatric assessment methods
Health services research
Quality Indicators, Health care
Brief psychiatric rating scale/standards
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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