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CHAP awarded CPSI grant to examine the prevalence of adverse events among frail seniors in residential care

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This project will address a major gap in our knowledge of adverse events (AEs) among seniors residing in Canadian long term care settings. The study will comprehensively explore the prevalence of AEs and their relationships in three major areas of geriatrics: medication, falls, and abuse and neglect. It will explore the incidence of under-prescribed medication as an adverse medication event as well as the identification of the rate of preventable events. In addition, the project will explore the reliability of electronic incident reporting systems used in LTC for the capture of adverse events. Four LTC sites in the lower mainland of BC, stratified by size, will be studied over a 12-month period for incidents both within a random sample of medical charts (n=134) and their electronic incident reporting system. This study is funded by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) and Providence Health Care.