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An educational programme for primary healthcare providers improved functional ability in older people living in the community

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Q Does an educational programme for healthcare providers in routine primary care improve functional ability and reduce nursing home admissions and mortality in older people?


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randomised controlled trial.

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3 years.

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34 municipalities in Denmark.

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4060 people 75 and 80 years of age who were living at home. 2876 were 75 years of age, and 1184 were 80 years of age.

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17 municipalities (2104 people) were allocated to the intervention, which comprised education for all municipality health professionals who conducted routine preventive home visits to people >75 years of age and an introduction for all local general practitioners (GPs) to a short geriatric assessment programme. Twice each year, 2 key persons from each municipality were asked to promote training in the use and interpretation of a standard assessment tool. Visiting professionals were …

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  • * Information provided by author.

  • For correspondence: Dr M Vass, Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Sources of funding: Danish Ministry of Social Affairs, Danish Medical Research Council, Research Foundation for General Practice and Primary Care, Eastern Danish Research Forum, and County Value-Added Tax Foundation.