Determining the impact of establishing a psychogeriatric outreach team network in long-term care

Corinne Eleanor Fischer, Carole Cohen, Anne Stephens, Suzanne Ross, Jeffrey S Hoch, James Peter Cooper, Gabriella Golea, Donald Wasylenki

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Objectives: The primary objective of this study was to describe a model for specialized psychogeriatric consultation to long-term care homes in a large metropolitan Canadian city and to provide an overview of the diagnostic and demographic data of patients referred for assessment. Methods: Forty long-term care homes and 13 geriatric mental health outreach teams were surveyed and provided feedback on the model. A retrospective chart review (N=88) was also conducted to confirm the survey results and to provide an overview of the types of patients being seen. Results: Team data indicated that 96% of the homes they served (N=81) were using their services, that all referrals were appropriate, and that their recommendations were implemented in over 50% of cases. Referred patients tended to be older (41% age 85 or older); were referred mainly for agitation, aggression, or depressed mood (over 90%); and mainly had a mood or cognitive disorder (over 90%). Conclusions: These preliminary data suggest that the implementation of specialized psychogeriatric consultation to longterm care may be beneficial, but future studies are required to clarify its usefulness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-302
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric Services
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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