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Predictors of survival within 2years of inpatient rehabilitation among older adults.
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PMID:  22863428     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Restoring functional independence in elderly people with disabilities is one of the main purposes of a geriatric rehabilitation unit. However, the rehabilitation period may also represent a useful circumstance to identify predictors of long-term health outcomes. The aim of this study was to evaluate a broad spectrum of characteristics in geriatric patients admitted to a rehabilitation unit in order to identify possible predictors of long-term survival.
METHODS: This cross-sectional and prospective study was carried out in an Evaluation and Rehabilitation unit in Northern Italy. 243 persons aged 65 or older were enrolled over a period of 12months (2007-8) and followed for 2years. Possible predictors of survival were identified among a large spectrum of demographic, clinical (Charlson Index, lab data), nutritional (Mini-Nutritional Short-Form, bio-impedance analysis), and respiratory (spirometry) features. Logistic regression models were used to evaluate the association between patients' characteristics and survival.
RESULTS: 189 (86.3%) participants were alive after 2years of follow-up. Younger age, better functional status at discharge, a lower Charlson Index score, higher hemoglobin and albumin values at discharge, lower basal fasting glucose, creatinine, TNF-α levels, and extra-cellular water, as well as higher cholesterol, vital capacity (VC), and inspiratory capacity were significantly associated with survival. In the multivariate model, higher VC (OR=6.2; 95%CI=1.6-24.6) and albumin (OR=3.7; 95%CI=1.2-11.8) were associated with survival, whereas the Charlson Index and male gender showed an inverse correlation (OR=0.77; 95%CI=0.60-0.99 and OR=0.23; 95%CI=0.10-0.95, respectively).
CONCLUSION: VC was identified as one of the best predictors of survival along with higher albumin and lower Charlson Index score within 2years of inpatient rehabilitation among older adults.
F Nicosia; F Bonometti; M K Ghisla; S Cossi; G Romanelli; A Marengoni
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-04-02
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of internal medicine     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1879-0828     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Intern. Med.     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9003220     Medline TA:  Eur J Intern Med     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  519-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 European Federation of Internal Medicine. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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