Care needs and functional status of older acute care patients

O'Connell, Beverly, Hawkins, Mary T., Baker, Linda and Ostaszkiewicz, Joan 2011, Care needs and functional status of older acute care patients, Research in gerontological nursing, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 271-279, doi: 10.3928/19404921-20110201-02.

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Title Care needs and functional status of older acute care patients
Author(s) O'Connell, Beverly
Hawkins, Mary T.
Baker, Linda
Ostaszkiewicz, JoanORCID iD for Ostaszkiewicz, Joan
Journal name Research in gerontological nursing
Volume number 4
Issue number 4
Start page 271
End page 279
Total pages 9
Publisher Slack, Inc.
Place of publication Thorofare, N.J.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1940-4921
Summary A growing number of older adults are admitted to hospitals, and information is needed on how age-related functional decline affects nursing care needs of this population. This study compared the functional status at admission and total nursing care needs of three age groups of older inpatients. A 12-month retrospective audit was performed on the records of 225 patients in a private metropolitan hospital. The three groups of patients were matched on diagnosis. Findings revealed that older patients were significantly more dependent, had greater total nursing care needs, and were less likely to be discharged to home, indicating that in addition to medical diagnoses, age-related differences of older patients’ functional status at admission and inpatient nursing care needs should be factored into staff workloads and funding of nursing care. The finding that significantly fewer of the older patients returned home must be considered when reviewing health care policy and services.
Language eng
DOI 10.3928/19404921-20110201-02
Field of Research 111001 Aged Care Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, SLACK Incorporated
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