SCoOP: Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment in Secondary Care Audit (2019)

Graham Ellis, Alison Donaldson, Phyo Kyaw Myint, Christine H. McAlpine, Marc Locherty, Adrian David Wood, Catriona Young

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned Report


This report summarises findings from an audit on Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) provision in acute Scottish hospitals in 2019. This initial analysis highlights variation in the ways comprehensive geriatric specialist
care is accessed, structured and staffed across Scotland, with established frailty units only in a quarter of Scottish Hospitals. There were disparities in the number of full time equivalent consultant geriatricians per head of population
aged over 65 years with median 1.27 (range: 0.0-2.27), and differences in
access to allied health professionals, particularly out of hours. Further correlation with patient level data is needed to ascertain the influence of these differences on patient care and outcomes. These results should provide a basis for opening discussion between services across Scotland to learn from each other’s expertise as we aim to work collaboratively to improve equity in access to high quality acute care for frail older adults in Scotland.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBritish Geriatrics Society
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2021


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