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Date:10/20/2011

The Norwegian healthcare services are organized in primary and secondary service levels. According to PhD student Kristin Laugaland at UiS effective and safe care depends on coordination across the two service levels in which transitions across them represent a crucial stage in the recovery of elderly people.

Laugaland`s PhD project focuses on transitional care and patient safety within elderly health and care services in Norway. Primarily she is concerned with patient safety and how this is maintained in transitions across primary and secondary health and care services. Her PhD project is a collaboration with Frde Hospital and is part of a larger research project at UiS. The research project Quality and safety within elderly health and care services the role of transitions and interactions is led by professor Karina Aase and is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and the Western Norway Regional Health Authority.

The increasing elderly population in Norway makes the interface between primary and secondary healthcare particularly important when it comes to creating a consistent and safe health care delivery. As health and care conditions for elderly represents a growing challenge in society Laugaland awaits how Norwegian authorities will meet, solve and overcome tomorrow's biggest health challenge.

In response to the expected increase in the elderly population the coordination reform Proper treatment at the right place and time will be implemented as of January 2012. A primary goal of the reform is that municipalities to a greater extent shall fulfill the objectives of prevention and early intervention with the result that patients will receive treatment closer to their homes. Consequently, giving primary health and care services increased responsibility of several tasks currently performed in hospitals.

Critical transitions

Poorly executed transitions may lead to poor clinical outcomes, inappropriate use
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Contact: Kristin Laugaland
kristin.a.laugaland@uis.no
0047-518-31000
University of Stavanger
Source:Eurekalert

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