Funding for this research was provided by:
The Research Council of Norway (256644/H10)
Received: 1 November 2019
Accepted: 24 February 2020
First Online: 12 March 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The purpose of the project was to develop new knowledge about cross-sectoral service transitions for geriatric patients from the specialist health service to the municipal health service during a 30-day follow-up. We searched The Regional Committees for Medical and Health Research Ethics (REC) for approval (2016/2243, REK Sør-Øst D). REC considered that the project not would provide new knowledge about health and illness as such, but rather about how these cross-sectoral services work in today’s health care system and how these can be developed for the better for this patient group. The project was therefore outside the REC’s mandate under the Health Research Act [CitationRef removed], and REC approval was not required to complete the project. The study was preapproved and registered by the Norwegian Centre for Research Data (No. 53110). The first author asked the older patients for the name of their informal caregivers as well as for permission to contact and interview them about the patients’ situations. The participants were provided with verbal and written information outlining the purpose of the study. We informed them that participation was voluntary and about their right to withdraw from the study at any stage. We assured them that this would not affect the patients’ current or future access to services. We obtained written and informed consent from all participants and guaranteed their confidentiality.
: All of the patients were provided with verbal and written information outlining the purpose of the study and information about the publication of text generated from their interviews. We obtained written and informed consent from all participants and guaranteed their confidentiality.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.