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AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000327832.59406.26
FEATURE: How To try this

The Hospital Admission Risk Profile: The HARP helps to determine a patient's risk of functional decline.

Graf, Carla L. MS, RN, CNS-BC

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Abstract

Older adults are at risk for losing functional ability during and after a hospitalization. It's often difficult to determine which patients are at highest risk and which might benefit from targeted interventions. The Hospital Admission Risk Profile, a simple screening tool, can be used to classify hospitalized older adults as being at low, intermediate, or high risk for losing the ability to perform activities of daily living, based on assessments of age, cognitive function, and the ability to perform independent activities of daily living. It's one of many tools profiled in Try This: Best Practices in Nursing Care to Older Adults, a series provided by the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University's College of Nursing. For a free online video demonstrating the use of this tool, go to http://links.lww.com/A286

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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