Managing frailty in an Irish primary care setting: a qualitative study of perspectives of healthcare professionals and frail older patients.
Objectives: Little is known about the views of key stakeholders on frailty in Primary Care in Ireland. The aim of this study was to explore the views of Irish healthcare professionals and patients on frailty and its management in Primary Care.
Methods: A qualitative descriptive design was used. Seventeen healthcare professionals and three patients were recruited using purposive sampling. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews which were analysed thematically.
Results: Three themes were identified: (i) Perceptions of Frailty (ii) Current Management of Frailty and (iii) Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment in Primary Care. The results demonstrated variability in perspectives on frailty. Healthcare professionals described a fragmented service often delivering substandard care to frail older patients. The general consensus was that frailty management required an adequately resourced Primary Care service. Support for frailty screening and Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment was evident while the suitability of the current pathway for patients requiring assessment was questioned.
Conclusion: This study highlights an absence of a shared and complete understanding of frailty among healthcare professionals and a fragmented model of care for community-dwelling frail older patients. Based on these findings, inter-professional training, investment in Primary Care, the development of a frailty pathway and an interface service is recommended.
CommentsThe original article is available at https://www.jfsf.eu/
Published CitationKennedy F, Galvin R, Horgan NF. Managing frailty in an Irish primary care setting: a qualitative study of perspectives of healthcare professionals and frail older patients. J Frailty Sarcopenia Falls. 2021;6(1):1-8
Publication Date1 March 2021
- School of Physiotherapy
- Population Health and Health Services
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