Hamad Medical Corporation engages in age-friendly health systems programme to improve care for older adults: Qatar

Hamad Medical Corporation engages in age-friendly health systems programme to improve care for older adults: Qatar


The Division of Geriatrics and Lengthy-Time period Care at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has teamed up with Hamad Healthcare High quality Institute (HHQI) and the Institute for Healthcare Enchancment (IHI) to implement an evidence-based strategy designed to promote age-friendly care that addresses the distinctive wants and needs of older adults.

Via the implementation of an age-friendly health system, the programme goals to assist a greater high quality of life for older adults in Qatar.

Turning into an age-friendly health system entails reliably offering a set of 4 evidence-based parts of high-quality care, often called the ‘4Ms’ to all older adults in a system.

The ‘4Ms’ are (1) What Issues – recognition of older grownup’s particular care preferences; (2) Remedy – reviewing treatment holistically from a extra age-friendly perspective; (3) Mentation – stop, establish, deal with, and handle dementia, despair, and delirium throughout settings of care; (4) Mobility – encouraging every day motion in older adults to assist them keep perform.

A number of workshops had been just lately convened with main members from the Geriatric and Lengthy-Time period care staff, together with knowledgeable enablers from HHQI and IHI to develop the implementation of an Age-Pleasant Health System at HMC.Dr Abdulla Al Ansari, chief medical Officer at HMC mentioned he was happy to see the numerous progress made in the course of the Age-Pleasant Health Systems Collaborative conferences.

He mentioned, “This evidence-based approach will enhance the care delivered to older patients in Qatar.The collaboration between our Geriatric team, the Quality Improvement advisors and IHI will enable HMC to spread knowledge about age-friendly healthcare systems and build capacity and capability within the organisation, and we will be happy to share our knowledge with others outside our organisation.”

Dr Hanadi Al Hamad, Nationwide Health Technique Lead for Wholesome Ageing, chairperson for Geriatrics and Lengthy-Time period Care at HMC, and medical director at Rumailah Hospital and the Qatar Rehabilitation Institute, mentioned this collaborative enhances the in depth work that has been carried out to ship extra specialised, evidence-based healthcare to Qatar’s older inhabitants.

“We have come a long way in our efforts to provide more targeted and integrated geriatric care that addresses the specific needs and wants of our patient population. The ‘4Ms’ provide a framework for us to build on the work we have done so far and enable us to imbed age-friendly system concepts across HMC,” mentioned Dr Hamad. “This work aligns with the work that is being carried out within the WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Ageing and Dementia, which was recently established as a partnership between the WHO and the Department of Geriatrics and Long-Term Care at HMC.”

She added, “We are pleased to partner with the HHQI and IHI experts who are sharing resource tools and best practice methodology that will enable us to spread the knowledge to a wider audience to support our efforts to provide the best care possible to older people across Qatar.” The Age-Pleasant Health Systems Collaborative in Qatar goals to improve entry to health care to improve health outcomes and the standard of life for older adults. A key focus is on utilizing assets, instruments, and greatest practices which are tried and examined, and this experience is being supplied by HHQI. Collectively, the HHQI school and geriatric healthcare groups are selling cross-collaboration amongst services and groups to share concepts, successes, and alternatives for enchancment.

Nasser Al Naimi, deputy chief of High quality and director at Hamad Healthcare High quality Institute (HHQI) and the Centre for Affected person Expertise and Workers Engagement (CPESE), mentioned Age-Pleasant Health Systems ship a framework of evidence-based practices that may be applied by healthcare systems wanting to ship higher care to a inhabitants group that’s typically extra weak.

HE mentioned, “Our goal is to enhance patient safety and align the care we provide to our older adults to what matters to them, their family and caregivers. We have multiple programmes of work that support this goal. The Age-Friendly Health Systems Collaborative is one approach that aligns with the Flow Collaborative work that has been progressing for several years. Recognising the unique needs of older geriatric patients, the Flow Collaborative also addresses the aim to deliver the ‘Right care’ in the ‘Right place’ at the ‘Right time’.”

“At HHQI, we have developed a team of healthcare improvement advisors who are committed to sharing their knowledge and skills of IHI improvement methodologies to enable transformations in care that will benefit current and future patient groups. The 4Ms framework was presented at the recently held Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety, which represented a step in our efforts to promote awareness and training among a wider audience of healthcare professionals,” added Naimi.

Age-Pleasant Health Systems is an initiative of The John A. Hartford Basis and the Institute for Healthcare Enchancment (IHI), in partnership with the American Hospital Affiliation (AHA) and the Catholic Health Affiliation of the USA (CHA), designed to meet this problem head on.

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