The Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative (GEDC) research data warehouse (RDW) is a cloud-based, multi-site research infrastructure supporting patient-centered data for evaluation of interventions and characteristics aimed at providing improved care for older adults in the ED.
The GEAR Network identified 49 stakeholders from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, including emergency physicians, geriatricians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, and patient advocates, and engaged them in a consensus review of methods for identification, intervention, and prevention of delirium episodes in older adults.
This GEAR Network review of current literature on the identification of elder abuse among patients receiving care in emergency departments and the interventions to address elder abuse was used to prioritize research questions.
Falls range from minor to fatal; even minor falls can cause psychological distress and fear, leading older adults to feel dependent and chained to their bedrooms. In addition, stigma is a major problem so only a small percentage of older adults report their falls. Falling one time doubles an individual’s risk for falling again.
There are opportunities to administer screening for elder mistreatment in the ER, with both screening tools in development and research funding from the National Institutes on Aging (NIA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) overall, the John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF), and others.