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A Researcher Calls on Healthcare Leaders to Apply Specific Health Equity Strategies to Senior Care

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A Researcher Calls on Healthcare Leaders to Apply Specific Health Equity Strategies to Senior Care

Research experts are calling on their peers to transform care for older adults

In this Healthcare Innovation article, you'll learn about:

  • How outcomes measures can be fully integrated into senior care

" The standards focus on four evidence-based contributors to high-quality, cost-effective care, which are known as the “4Ms.” The 4Ms refers to “What Matters”—knowing, and aligning care with, older adults’ health outcome goals and care preferences; “Medication”—using age-friendly medication and screening for the use of specific high-risk medications; “Mentation”—screening for and documenting depression, dementia, and delirium; and “Mobility”—screening for the ability to move around safely. To date, more than 1,000 care settings, including hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes, have joined the initiative. "

  • How a growing community is building equity together

" In 2020 the initiative’s advisory group, which includes health care practitioners, researchers, and health system leaders, organized an ad hoc equity task force with the goal of making racially and ethnically equitable care an explicit part of the 4Ms framework. From the outset the commitment was to make equity a core element of the initiative and not simply an auxiliary activity. "

  • The importance of equity as a means of system innovation

"Health care systems alone cannot solve disparities that are the result of structural inequality, but the IHI’s aspiration is in alignment with recent calls for health care to advance the needle toward health equity by incentivizing the reduction of disparities. In this instance the incentive is national recognition by the IHI as an equitable, age-friendly system."


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