Responding to Functional and Psycho-Social Problems in Hospital: The interRAI Hospital Systems has been published.
interRAI Hospital Systems offer a comprehensive solution for capture and interpretation of information related to functional and psychosocial status in hospital ecosystems. With population ageing, and the ability for health care of more robust individuals to be delivered on an outpatient basis, these issues are highly prevalent among those who still require admission to hospital. interRAI hospital systems provide a seamless approach to data collection and utilisation across the entire continuum of care around hospitals, with applicability to the emergency department, inpatient units, geriatric assessment and palliative care services, and post-acute and rehabilitation services within and beyond the hospital. These systems complement other hospital systems related to diagnostics, biometrics, investigations and medications. interRAI community systems are well suited to hospital “outreach” services such as hospital in the home, aged care facility “in-reach” services, community nursing and transition care programs. These systems share design features, identical items and scalar measures that facilitate interpretation and transfer of information across care settings, within and beyond hospitals.