Promotor: Prof. dr. M.G.M. Olde Rikkert
Copromotoren: Dr. J.W.B. Persoon & Dr. E.M.M. Adang
Radboud University Nijmegen
This thesis describes a research and development project of the National Care for the Elderly Program, initiated by the Dutch ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports. Goal of the whole program is to improve outcomes of care among elderly persons age 70 years and older in such way that care is adapted to their needs and preferences while the costs of care remain steady (or decrease).1 In this goal, it follows findings from several research reports and advices from national advisory boards.2 These include the Advisory Committee on Health research (RGO)3 and the Health Council of the Netherlands (GR)4, 5 who both concluded that there is a lack of knowledge regarding the cause and consequences of complex problems among frail elderly, related possible prevention strategies, and adequate organization of (medical) care practices. This thesis focuses particularly on how to improve hospital care for frail elderly inpatients.