Research Priorities

GEAR 2.0

The Geriatric Emergency care Applied Research Network 2.0 (GEAR 2.0) aims to establish infrastructure to support collaborative, interdisciplinary research to improve care for older adults with dementia. Learn more below about dementia, and the implications on emergency department (ED) care for older adults, as well our specific Work Group topics designed to address these implications.

Cognitive Impairment: Dementia

People with dementia are twice as likely to use the ED and 1.5 times more likely to have an avoidable visit. When in the ED, they often struggle and are at greater risk of poor outcomes.

Work Group Topics

2.0 Priorities: Care Transitions

Approximately 40 percent of people living with dementia discharged from the hospital will experience an adverse event (ED revisits, other hospitalizations, or death) in the 30 days following discharge, a rate significantly higher than for those without dementia.

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2.0 Priorities: Detection

Emergency care for older adults is suboptimal, and care is especially poor for older adults with dementia, even though these adults seek ED-based care more regularly than matched controls. The GEAR Detection Work Group examines the potential role of the ED in dementia detection.

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2.0 Priorities: ED Practices

The ED Practices Work Group aims to develop key questions and identify research gaps in optimal care for people living with dementia seeking acute, unscheduled care in the ED or through alternative means, such as telehealth or community paramedicine.

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All GEAR 2.0 work groups will use the PICO approach to develop key questions and identify research gaps for their topic area. The work groups will conduct literature searches, summarize findings, extract conclusions and present findings at the consensus conference.

Consensus Conference Summary

September 2021