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GUERRA-MARTIN, María Dolores  e  RAMIREZ FERNANDEZ-PRO, María Isabel. Quality of Health Care in Homes for the Aged. Gerokomos [online]. 2020, vol.31, n.4, pp.232-238.  Epub 08-Fev-2021. ISSN 1134-928X.


The rise of elderly, the aging of the aged and the crisis of the informal support provided by families, produce an increase in demand of residential services for the aged, which must provide quality of health care enough to ensure that elderly could lead dignified lives. The aim is to analyze the quality of heath care in homes for the aged.


A systematized bibliographic review was made in PubMed, Scopus, WoS, CINAHL and Dialnet databases for studies published between 2013-2018, related to the review topic, in spanish or english, with access to the full text and population over 65 years old.


21 studies were selected. About quality indicators, seven studies are connected to quality of life, five studies talk about resident care, three studies report resident care attached to the organization, and two studies are related to resident´ relations and rights. About improvement strategies, four studies defend person-centered care, guidelines for infections control and appropiate medication prescriptions; four studies suggest interventions with a mental health therapist, laughter therapy, intergenerational playgroups, and a tool to evaluate pain for aged with limited ability to communicate. Three studies propose to increase the number of nurses and their geriatric formation. A study refer room confort and good treatment.


In the evaluation of quality indicators, most values were under appropiate standards. Improvement strategies related to health professionals are mostly described.

Palavras-chave : Aged; Homes for the Aged; Nursing Homes; Quality of Health Care.

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