Background. Psychiatric disorder is common amongst elderly patients in medical and surgical wards but frequently goes underdiagnosed. This group of patients also presents with needs that are complex and varied and which, therefore, can be difficult to identify. The aim of this study was to identify met and unmet needs of patients referred to old age liaison psychiatric services. Material and Methods. Patients over the age of 65 referred for psychiatric liaison assessments from medical and surgical wards were assessed using the Camberwell Assessment of Need for the Elderly (CANE). Results. Needs were assessed in 117 liaison referrals. The mean of total number of needs was 7.18, and of these 2.72 were met needs (SD 2.5, range 0-11) and 4.46 were unmet needs (SD 2.9, range 0-15). The most common unmet needs were memory (49.6%), psychological distress (46.2%), mobility (44.4%), and looking after home (43.6%). Men had significantly more unmet needs than women. Conclusions. The CANE questionnaire addresses many different areas of need and is able to identify unmet needs that might otherwise go undetected. The CANE could be used therefore as part of the routine assessment of liaison psychiatric elderly patients on medical and surgical wards. Using the CANE may reduce the likelihood of readmission to hospital, the need for continuing care post discharge and improve quality of life.
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|Estado||Publicada - 1 dic 2006|
Áreas temáticas de ASJC Scopus
- Geriatría y gerontología
- Psiquiatría y salud mental