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Pressure ulcer and mortality in frail elderly people living in community.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17317456     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pressure ulcer is one of the most common, disruptive and often disabling conditions affecting frail older people. Purposes of the present study are to ascertain the prevalence of pressure ulcer and to explore the relationship between pressure ulcer and the risk of 1-year all-cause mortality in a large population of frail and very old people living in community. This was an observational cohort study. We analyzed data from the Italian Silver Network Home Care project that collected data on patients admitted to home care programs. A total of twelve home health agencies participated in such project evaluating the implementation of the minimum data set for home care (MDS-HC) instrument. A total of 3,103 patients were enrolled in the present study. The prevalence of patients with pressure ulcer was about 18%. During a follow-up of 12 months from the initial MDS-HC assessment, 160 subjects (29%) died in the pressure ulcer group compared to 368 subjects (14%) in the group of patient without pressure ulcer (p<0.001). After adjusting for age, gender and for all the significantly different variables between subjects with and without pressure ulcer at baseline, subjects with pressure ulcer were more likely to die compared to those without pressure ulcer (RR=1.92; 95% Cl 1.52-2.43).
F Landi; G Onder; A Russo; R Bernabei
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of gerontology and geriatrics     Volume:  44 Suppl 1     ISSN:  0167-4943     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Gerontol Geriatr     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-02-23     Completed Date:  2007-05-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8214379     Medline TA:  Arch Gerontol Geriatr     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  217-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Gerontology-Geriatrics and Physiatry, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy. <>
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Cohort Studies
Frail Elderly / statistics & numerical data*
Home Care Services
Population Surveillance / methods
Pressure Ulcer / mortality*
Residence Characteristics

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