Qatar commits to healthcare systems for the elderly in the State

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is spearheading age-friendly initiatives to offer support to older adults in the country. With the Department of Geriatrics and Long-Term Care’s partnership with Hamad Healthcare Quality Institute (HHQI) and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), these health systems will be able to improve the quality of life for older individuals where their needs can be fully addressed via an evidence-based approach.

This approach, in particular, involves the “4Ms”, according to Gulf Times:

“(1) What Matters – recognition of older adult’s specific care preferences; (2) Medication – reviewing medication holistically from a more age-friendly perspective; (3) Mentation – prevent, identify, treat, and manage dementia, depression and delirium across settings of care; (4) Mobility – encouraging daily movement in older adults to help them maintain function.”

All these include deep collaborations between institutions in order to share various ideas, initiatives, areas where improvements can be made, and so on. “This evidence-based approach will enhance the care delivered to older patients in Qatar. The collaboration between our geriatric team, the quality improvement advisers, and IHI will enable HMC to spread knowledge about age-friendly healthcare systems and build capacity and capability within our organisation, and we will be happy to share our knowledge with others outside our organisation,” says Dr Abdulla al-Ansari, HMC chief medical officer.

In line with this, the country is also committing to the protection of the rights of the elderly when it comes to social policies and the best services. The director of the social welfare department at the Ministry of Social Development and Family Reem Al Ajmi made this statement to prioritise the right to health for older individuals.

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