Perceived risk of death in older primary care patients

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Teixeira, Laetitia
Azevedo, Maria João
Alves, Sara
Duarte, Mafalda
O'Caoimh, Rónán
Molloy, D. William
Paúl, Constança
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There is a large gap between life expectancy and healthy life years at age 65. To reduce this gap, it is necessary that people with medical concerns perceived at higher risk of adverse outcomes are readily identified and treated. The same goes for the need to implement prevention plans. The main objectives of this study are to, in a first step, (a) estimate the percentage of medical concerns, (b) identify factors associated with this concern; in a second step, (c) estimate the perceived risk of death, and (d) evaluate the ability of medical concerns to predict this risk. Results show that the existence and severity of medical concerns are crucial in the prediction of perceived risk of death. Early identification of severity of medical concerns and the availability and adequacy of informal caregiving should allow healthcare professionals to promptly initiate an appropriate assessment and treatment of older patients.
Perceived risk of death , Medical concerns , Primary care patients , Informal caregiver , Prevention
Teixeira, L., Azevedo, M. J., Alves, S., Duarte, M., O’Caoimh, R., Molloy, W. and Paúl, C. (2016) ‘Perceived risk of death in older primary care patients’, International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 84(4), pp. 366-377. doi: 10.1177/0091415016668350.
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