Premature deaths of nursing home residents: an epidemiological analysis
The known Information on the cause and manner of premature deaths of nursing home residents has been scarce.
The new During 2001–2012, the incidence of external cause deaths in nursing homes increased, particularly the incidence of deaths caused by falls.
The implications A national policy framework is needed to reduce the number of premature deaths in nursing homes. Professionals from governments and the nursing home sector should develop strategies for preventing these deaths, and a lead authority established that is responsible for reducing harm by improving practice in nursing homes.
Improving the quality of care for nursing home residents requires a better understanding of how, why, where and when they die. The global population is ageing rapidly, and the need for aged care services is consequently increasing. However, there is a paucity of information1 about the cause and manner of premature deaths of nursing home residents (ie, sooner than necessary2). At the same time, the standard of care provided in nursing homes is under increasing scrutiny by the community and governments; whether this has altered the incidence of deaths from injuries…