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Supportive care model could be used to inform interventions and service development to improve quality of care for older people
  1. Jayne Brown1,
  2. Simon Conroy2
  1. 1Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
  2. 2Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
  1. Correspondence to : Professor Jayne Brown, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, Leicestershire LE1 9BH; jbrown{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • The model presented joins together theory and evidence of supportive care to inform interventions and service development for older people with frailty in hospital.

  • The model suggests a framework for evaluation of such interventions and services for managers and researchers.

  • This paper highlights that future research is needed in relation to assessment of needs; the impact of supportive care on patient outcomes; patient, carer and family experiences of care; and the financial costs associated with supportive care.


Frailty is a distinctive late-life health state in which apparently minor stressors are associated with adverse health outcomes. Growing numbers of frail older people are being referred to hospitals with acute care needs;1 potentially …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.