Dr Jenni Burton Awarded Research Grant by The Dunhill Medical Trust

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Dr Jenni Burton, SCMH Clinical Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine has been awarded a research grant by The Dunhill Medical Trust, to support her research project: “New care home admission after hospitalisation - understanding trajectories and predictors using linked health and social care data”.  

Working in collaboration with Dr Claudia Geue (Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment in the School of Health and Wellbeing) and Dr Terry Quinn, the funding will support development of research utilising the Scottish Care Home Census linked to hospital data, community prescribing and long-term conditions data. Care home admission is a life-changing experience for the individual and their family, but often necessary to address care needs. Making this move directly from a hospital admission has the potential to be more challenging and pressurised than moving from home. Despite this being such an important transition of care and outcome from healthcare services, little research has explored the topic.

This research will help to understand better the populations moving into care-homes and direct future research about the role of care-homes in supporting the most complex older adults in society. This funding will be pivotal in developing this programme of research, conceived as part of my doctoral research. The work has been developed in collaboration with the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Analysis Division, NHS National Services Scotland Information Services Division and the Care Inspectorate.

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First published: 28 February 2020