Care Transition Experiences of Older Veterans and Their Caregivers

Academic Article


  • © 2016 National Association of Social Workers. This study's main objective was to examine care transition experiences of older veterans and their caregivers. Fifty patients age 65 years and older, discharged from a Veterans Affairs Medical Center hospital, completed the Care Transitions Measure-15™ survey three to four weeks postdischarge. Seven patients and six caregivers participated in semistructured interviews. Overall, the quality of care transitions was rated as good; however, some items were indicated as problematic for veterans. Themes that emerged included agreeableness, frustration with complex information, caregiver education, and the timing and methods of information delivery. These findings have implications for all clinical staff working with veterans, and particularly for social workers facilitating care transitions for veterans and their caregivers.
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  • Ford BK; Ingersoll-Dayton B; Burgio K
  • Start Page

  • 129
  • End Page

  • 138
  • Volume

  • 41
  • Issue

  • 2