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Enhancing Care of Older Adults in the Emergency Department

Shapiro, Susan E. PhD, RN; Clevenger, Carolyn K. DNP, GNP-BC; Evans, Dian Dowling PhD, FNP-BC

Section Editor(s): Howard, Patricia Kunz PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, NE-BC, FAEN; Column Editor; Shapiro, Susan E. PhD, RN; Column Editor

doi: 10.1097/TME.0b013e31826158bc
Research to Practice

The findings from a recent comprehensive systematic review, in combination with a case study, are used to illustrate the importance of translational research to inform advanced practice nursing. The review article discussed in this column is a comprehensive systematic review of age-friendly nursing interventions in the management of older persons in the emergency department (ED). Two themes were synthesized from the research and texts: (1) the ED can be a foreign and challenging environment for older patients, and (2) older ED patients need specialized care to meet their complex physical and psychosocial needs. At the same time, these authors acknowledged that much more high-quality research is needed in this field. Comments by a certified geriatric nurse practitioner elaborate on these findings and provide practical suggestions for the ED advanced practice registered nurse.

Emory Healthcare (Dr Shapiro); and Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University (Drs Shapiro, Clevenger, and Evans), Atlanta, GA.

Corresponding Author: Susan E. Shapiro, PhD, RN, Emory Healthcare, 550 Peachtree St NE, Ste 1203, Atlanta, GA 30308 (

Disclosure: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.