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Adverse Events, Home Care, Patient Safety
Purpose: Explores the relations among patient characteristics, risk factors and adverse events of adult home care patients in Southwestern Ontario. Significance: Adverse events which occur in home care are different from those that occur in an institutional setting. Methods: This descriptive study utilized retrospective chart review of 500 episodes of care. Results: The incidence of adverse events was 9.4%. New emergency room visits, new hospital admissions and new falls were the most common type of adverse events. A decline in physical function and polypharmacy with a history of cognitive impairment were the most frequent risk factors. Self-care and length of stay were significantly associated with adverse events. Patients with acute illness were at decreased risk of falling. Conclusions: This study identified factors that increase the risk of adverse events, allowing for targeted interventions and contributing to our knowledge and understanding of adverse events in this unique setting.
Miller, Kimberly Anne, "Understanding the relation between adverse events, patient characteristics, and risk factors among home care patients" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 5583.