Innovation in the Management of Patients at Risk of Hospital Readmissions: New Technological Solutions To Promote Quality of Life in Older People

By Francisco Ródenas Rigla, Jorge Garcés Ferrer and Ascensión Doñate-Martínez.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Organizational Studies

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In the field of social sciences research it is very important to join knowledge from several interdisciplinary areas for obtaining, finally, practical results that imply benefits in the quality of life of people. In this sense, Polibienestar Research Institute from the University of Valencia (www.polibienestar.org) is currently working and participating in projects with the aim of improving the efficiency of healthcare systems and the quality of life of elderly people through the participation of professionals from an interdisciplinary team (physicians, technologists, computer specialists, nurses, social workers, etc.). On one hand, in the Valencian Region (Spain) have been tested screening instruments to detect elderly patients at risk of future hospitalization through computerized health information systems at primary care and hospitals. The main impacts of the application of these tools are to prevent hospital readmissions in elderly population, reduce health costs related to admissions that are potentially predictable and to improve the management and the efficiency at healthcare systems and their coordination with social services systems. For the other hand, it is currently being developed at European level a proposal of installing user-friendly technologies at elderly homes aimed to improve the elders’ quality of life, to reinforce their social inclusion and to make possible they live for longer time with independence in their houses. In this way, through the application of new resources and new technologies the efficiency of social and health services could improve, and they could contribute to optimize their use and management, as well as to improve elders’ quality of life.

Keywords: Elderly, Hospital Readmissions, Screening Tools, Interdisciplinary Teams, Quality of Life, Pra, Health and Social Care, Social Sustainability

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Organizational Studies, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.31-39. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 317.396KB).

Dr. Francisco Ródenas Rigla

Lecturer and Senior Researcher, Polibienestar Research Institute, Polibienestar Research Institute – University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Francisco Ródenas is a lecturer at the University of Valencia and a senior researcher at the Polibienestar Research Institute. His main research topic is the sustainability, efficiency and quality of long-term care systems. He is a coauthor of 6 books on welfare and social-health services and more than 20 scientific papers. He has participated in nearly 30 research projects. He has been a visiting researcher at the University of Kent (UK) and the Canterbury Christ Church University (UK).

Dr. Jorge Garcés Ferrer

Professor of Social Policy and Director, Polibienestar Research Institute, Polibienestar Research Institute – University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Jorge Garcés is a Full Professor at the University of Valencia and the director of the Polibienestar Research Institute. He has participated in nearly 100 projects and research contracts with European, Regional and Local Administrations and authored or co-authored 25 books and more than 100 scientific papers. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Innsbruck and at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, and a visiting researcher at the Universities of Washington, Oxford and Cambridge.

Ascensión Doñate-Martínez

Researcher and PhD Student in the Social Sciences Program, Polibienestar Research Institute, Polibienestar Research Institute – University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Ascensión Doñate earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and a postgraduate degree from the Neurosciences’ Course of Advanced Studies. She holds a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Spanish Ministry of Education and is a researcher at the Polibienestar Research Institute, where she is currently writing her thesis. Her research areas include social and health care, ageing and the promotion of personal autonomy. She participated in national and EU projects funded by the Ambient Assisted Living Programme and the Daphne Programme.