The increasing number of elderly people living at home demands a strengthening of primary care for (vulnerable) older adults. Therefore, in 2015 the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam founded the Universitaire Praktijk Ouderengeneeskunde (UPO) (University Practice for Elderly Care). This practice makes the expertise of the Elderly Care physician (SO) available in primary care through a close and easy accessible collaboration between the SO and the General Practitioner. The aim of this research is an evaluation of the UPO, in order to determine the added value of this care innovation and to identify areas for improvement. This research consists of a quantitative part in which the characteristics of the 190 treated UPO patients have been assessed. Also, costs have been estimated of UPO care compared to expected usual care. The qualitative part of this study consists of 22 interviews with the most important UPO stakeholders. The results of this study show that 1) the UPO seems to meet a demand from general practitioners to support them in the care of vulnerable elderly people with mostly cognitive disorders, 2) this care seems to save costs and 3) the UPO was appreciated by most of those involved. The current results call for applying this care innovation in other regions and to evaluate it on a larger scale.
|Translated title of the contribution||Five years university practice of elderly care: Users, care provided, costs and experiences|
|Journal||Tijdschrift voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|