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Lahmann N.A.,Charité - Medical University of Berlin | Suhr R.,Center for Quality in Care Foundation | Kuntz S.,Charité - Medical University of Berlin | Kottner J.,Charité - Medical University of Berlin
Aging Clinical and Experimental Research | Year: 2015

Background/aims: Quality assurance and funding of care become a major challenge against the background of demographic changes in western societies. The primary aim of the study was to identify possible misclassification, respectively over and undersupply of care by comparing the Barthel Index of clients of home care service with the level of care (Stage 0, I, II, III) according to the statutory German long-term care insurance. Methods: In 2012, a multi-center point prevalence study of 878 randomly selected clients of 100 randomly selected home care services across Germany was conducted. According to a standardized study protocol, demographics, the Barthel Index and the nurses’ professional judgment—whether a client requires more nursing care—were assessed. Associations of the Barthel items and professional judgment were analyzed using univariate (Chi-square) and multivariate (logistic regression and classification-regression-tree-models) statistics. Results: In each level of care, the Barthel Index showed large variability e.g. in level II ranging from 0 to 100 points. Multivariate logistic regression regarding possible under- and oversupply revealed occasionally fecal incontinence (2.1; 95 % CI 1.2–3.7), urinary incontinence (2.0; 95 % CI 1.1–3.6), feeding (1.7; 95 % CI 1.0–2.9), immobility (0.2; 95 % CI 0.1–0.6) and to be female (1.8; 95 % CI 1.2–2.6) to be statistically significantly associated. Conclusion: The variability in Barthel Index in each level of care found in this study indicated a large general misclassification of home care clients according to their actual need of care. Professional caregivers identified occasional incontinence, help with eating and drinking and mobility (especially in female clients) as areas of possible under- and oversupply of care. The statutory German long-term care insurance classification should be modified according to the above finding to increase the quality of care in home care clients. © 2014, Springer International Publishing Switzerland.


Leiske M.,Berlin | Lahmann N.A.,Charité - Medical University of Berlin | Lindena G.,Research and Application | Centmayer R.,Charité - Medical University of Berlin | Suhr R.,Center for Quality in Care Foundation
Schmerz | Year: 2015

Background: There is limited knowledge on the degree of pain and pain-related impairments in home care clients. This study was carried out to provide data on the prevalence of pain and pain-related impairments in home care patients and to investigate the impact on activities of daily living and on classification into the three levels of care as defined by the statutory German long-term care insurance. Material and methods: In 2012 a representative cross-sectional multicenter study was conducted among clients of 100 German home care services. The stepwise sampling procedure included a random selection of 9 home care services in each of the 16 federal states and a randomized sampling among the clients of the participating home care services. The total sample consisted of 878 home care clients (inclusion criteria ≥ 18 years). The subjective pain intensity was measured using an 11-step Likert scale ranging from 0 (no pain) to 10 (most severe pain). Pain-related impairments were rated on a 6-step Likert scale (0 = no impairments to 5 = complete impairment) assessing the level of independence in household chores, mobility, personal hygiene, dressing and social participation. Furthermore, multimorbidity (number of diagnoses) and level of care according to the current classification in the German long-term care insurance were registered. The predictive significance of latent variables was determined by structural equation modelling. Results: Of the subjects surveyed 68.5 % (n = 672) reported suffering from pain. The average intensity of pain was 2.9 (standard deviation SD 2.8) and pain-related impairments had the greatest effect on mobility (78.2 %). Path analysis revealed that a higher degree of pain-related impairments (β = + 0.31) and a higher number of diagnoses (β = + 0.19) were associated with classification to higher levels of care as defined in the German long-term care insurance. However, stronger pain and higher age were related to a classification to a lower level of care (β = − 0.21). No relevant gender differences were identified except for the finding that old age in women had no significant effect on the classification to the level of care, whereas in men both old age and pain intensity did have an impact. Conclusion: Even though the majority of home care clients in this representative study suffered from pain, the degree of pain intensity only becomes an issue in home care if it concurs with impairments in daily living and a corresponding classification to higher levels of care dependency. These findings suggest that pain and pain management should receive more attention in home care, irrespective of observable impairments in daily living. In practice, nurses in home care services should regularly assess the level of pain intensity among home care clients and the results of these regular pain assessments should be taken into account for the identification of individual care needs. © 2015, Deutsche Schmerzgesellschaft e.V. Published by Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg - all rights reserved 2015.


PubMed | Charité - Medical University of Berlin and Center for Quality in Care Foundation
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Clinical nutrition (Edinburgh, Scotland) | Year: 2016

This study aimed to provide representative figures about the prevalence of underweight and malnutrition among home care clients, and to determine the associated risk factors and the provided nutritional nursing interventions.In 2012, a multicenter point prevalence study was conducted among 878 randomly selected clients from 100 randomly selected home care services across Germany. Following a standardized study protocol, demographics, nutritional assessments (Body Mass Index, Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST), Mini nutritional Assessment - short form (MNA-sf), nurses clinical judgment on nutritional status) and interventions were assessed. Common nutritional risk factors for underweight and malnutrition were analyzed in a logistic regression model.Malnutrition figures varied between 4.8% (MNA-sf) and 6.8% (MUST), underweight between 8.7% (BMI<20kg/m(2)) and 10.2% (clinical judgment). Missing values were high in both malnutrition assessments (MNA-sf 48.8%, MUST 39.1%) due to a lack of information on many clients loss of weight within the past 3-6 months. Regular weighing was performed in 33.6-57.3% of all clients, depending on weight and nutritional status. Mental overload (OR 8.1/4.4), needs help with feeding (OR 5.0/2.8) and loss of appetite (OR 3.6/3.9) were highly associated with malnutrition/underweight.Malnutrition and underweight are important issues in home care clients. Regular weighing should be performed in all home care clients so that a potential weight loss can be detected in time.

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