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Study looks at events that lead to disability among the elderly

esses and injuries leading to hospitalization accounted for about 50 percent to 80 percent of the disability outcomes. Another 5 percent to 19 percent of the disability outcomes were attributable to illnesses and injuries leading to restricted activity but not to hospitalization. Depending on the specific disability outcome, the risk of disability was elevated more than 5-fold in the setting of restricted activity." The authors add that "falls and fall-related injuries resulting in hospitalization or restricted activity conferred the highest risk of disability"

"The results of the current study highlight the importance of intervening events as a potential target for the prevention of disability, regardless of the presence of physical frailty," the authors write. "In the setting of an acute illness or injury leading to hospitalization, functional outcomes are improved by management of older persons on specialized inpatient services and, posthospitalization, by highly coordinated gerocentric care provided in the home."


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JAMA and Archives Journals
2-Nov-2004


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