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HOspitals and patients WoRking in Unity (HOW R U?): telephone peer support to improve older patients' quality of life after emergency department discharge in Melbourne, Australia-a multicentre prospective feasibility study

Lowthian, Judy A.; Lennox, Alyse; Curtis, Andrea J.; Wilson, Gillian; Rosewarne, Cate; Smit, De Villiers; O'Brien, Debra; Browning, Colette; Boyd, Lee; Smith, Cathie; Cameron, Peter


Objectives To ascertain the feasibility and acceptability of the HOW R U? programme, a novel volunteer-peer postdischarge support programme for older patients after discharge from the emergency department (ED). Design A multicentre prospective mixed-methods feasibility study. Setting Two tertiary hospital EDs in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia. Participants A convenience sample of 39 discharged ED patients aged 70 years or over, with symptoms of social isolation, loneliness and/or...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018-06-14
Type: Journal article
Source: BMJ Open
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020321
Access Rights: Open Access


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