Patient Characteristics Associated With a Successful Response to Nurse-Led Care Programs Targeting the Oldest-Old

Authors Margaret Wallhagen , Niek de Wit , Romy Mahrer-Imhof , Nienke Bleijenberg , Marieke Schuurmans , Lorenz Imhof
Published in Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing
Publication date 2017
Research groups Chronic Diseases
Type Article


Background: To improve the effectiveness of community-based care programs, especially those targeting the oldest-old population (80+), data are needed that elucidate those factors associated with a successful response to the intervention. Two comparable nurse-led care programs have been evaluated in two large randomized controlled trials (RCTs), one in Switzerland and one in the Netherlands. Aims: To identify common patient characteristics that are related to a successful response to proactive nurse-led care, we explored if and to what extent, identical factors were present in both study populations. Methods: A secondary data analysis using trial data from the intervention group of both RCTs was conducted. The study sample consisted 461 older adults, 230 from the U-PROFIT trial (the Netherlands) and 231 from the HPC trial (Switzerland). The mean age of the total sample was 85.1 years (SD 3.7). The UPROFIT intervention, delivered by registered nurses, included a frailty assessment and a comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) at home followed by an individualized evidence-based care plan, care coordination, and follow-up. The HCP intervention was delivered by advanced practice nurses consisting of four home visits and three phone calls, and was guided by the principles of health promotion, empowerment, partnership, and family-centeredness. A successful response was defined as “stable” or “no decline” in daily functioning at follow-up. Daily functioning was measured with 13 items of activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living. Multivariate logistic regression models were applied to calculate the association between individual characteristics and a successful response.


Language English
Published in Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing
Year and volume 14 3
Key words ouderen, verzorgingshuizen, verpleegkundige zorg, patiëntenzorg
Page range 210-222

Nienke Bleijenberg

Chronic Diseases