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CUESTA ANTELO, Mª. Inés. Implementation of a socio-medical assessment unit (UVASS) located in a hospital for acute patients (Foundation Hospital Son Llatzer: FHSLL). Gerokomos [online]. 2008, vol.19, n.1, pp.16-20. ISSN 1134-928X.

Introduction: The social health assessment unit of the Hospital Complex of Majorca (CHM) is located at the Hospital for acute patients of Son Llátzer (FHSLL), in Palma de Majorca. For its start-up, the model will be the functional interdisciplinary units (UFISS) of Catalonia, which work since the creation in 1986 of the "Vida als anys" program, although other autonomous regions also have these support equipments. Its activity began in June, 2002, when the General Hospital (HG) and the Joan March Hospital (HJM) reconverted into social health hospitals. We are an interdisciplinary unit in charge of defining and prioritizing every user needs by means of a comprehensive professional evaluation. Objectives: To show the most common typology of patients evaluated by this unit and the main problems found when deriving them to more appropriate centres for their case; and describing the difficulties found from the beginning, just as the consultations made to our team. Material and method: Retrospective study of the patients evaluated between June, 2002, and December, 2005. The parameters used are: Barthel scale, Pheiffer scale, control of symptoms scale, as well as the age and sex of the patients. For the nursing assessment it's been utilized the Virginia Henderson's model with the 14 basic needs. Results: They reflect the different services which the patients have been referred to, just as the lack of resources that we have detected during the study period. We believe that the right selection of patients is the basis for a good performance of the UVASS. We are a young unit, in phase of expansion, with still a long way to go and lots of possibilities, taking into account the projects of new social health resources, both at autonomic and national level (Dependence Law).

Keywords : Social health; multidisciplinary evaluation; geriatry; comprehensive rehabilitation.

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