Journal article

Advance care planning for older people in Australia presenting to the emergency department from the community or residential aged care facilities.

Maryann Street, Goetz Ottmann, Megan-Jane Johnstone, Julie Considine, Patricia M Livingston

Health Soc Care Community | Published : 2015


The purpose of this retrospective, cross-sectional study was to determine the prevalence of advance care planning (ACP) among older people presenting to an Emergency Department (ED) from the community or a residential aged care facility. The study sample comprised 300 older people (aged 65+ years) presenting to three Victorian EDs in 2011. A total of 150 patients transferred from residential aged care to ED were randomly selected and then matched to 150 people who lived in the community and attended the ED by age, gender, reason for ED attendance and triage category on arrival. Overall prevalence of ACP was 13.3% (n = 40/300); over one-quarter (26.6%, n = 40/150) of those presenting to the E..

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