Addressing what matters to frail older people and their informal carers in primary care based clinical encounters and contacts
Working with frail older adults is an increasingly important aspect of primary care based practice, and one that requires a sensitive, skilled workforce. The challenges for health care professionals in recognising frailty among older people are well known alongside the importance of advance care planning, clinician-patient communication and providing appropriate palliative care. To date, communication about frailty with patients and families has received little attention. Anecdotal evidence suggests that some clinicians are unsure how to tackle this subject, but whether frail older adults and their caregivers perceive communication with their professional carers to be a particular problem, is unknown.
In this study, we will work with patients, their informal carers, and health professionals to:
There are three stages to this study:
These findings will be used to inform future development of information or training resources that would be acceptable, accessible and useful to primary care based practitioners. This study will provide a platform for future applications for financial support to develop these resources and consider evaluating their effectiveness.
Deputy theme lead: Dr Andrew Clegg - Andrew.Clegg@bthft.nhs.uk; Tel. 01274 38 2096
Theme manager: Lesley Brown - Lesley.Brown@bthft.nhs.uk; Tel. 01274 38 3906