In 2013, the LUMC initiated the APOP study, a study to improve the care for the Acutely Presenting Older Patient. The number of older patients visiting the Emergency Department is increasing and they expierence high rate of adverse health outcomes. The APOP study aims to develop and validate an evidence-based screening instrument to predict adverse health outcomes in older patients visiting the Emergency Department (ED). With this knowledge we can implement targeted interventions to improve care for this vulnarable group of patients.
A total of 2500-3000 older patients visiting the ED of the Leiden University Medical Center, Alrijne hospital, MCH Bronovo hospital and Erasmus Medical Center were included in the APOP study. The APOP screener is developed and we are currently conducting a feasibility study of the implementation of the screener.