標題: Prevalence of geriatric conditions: A hospital-wide survey of 455 geriatric inpatients in a tertiary medical center
作者: Chen, Cheryl Chia-Hui
Yen, Chung-Jen
Dai, Yu-Tzu
Wang, Charlotte
Huang, Guan-Hua
統計學研究所
Institute of Statistics
關鍵字: Geriatric syndromes;Geriatric conditions;Geriatric surgery;Acute care for the elderly
公開日期: 1-Jul-2011
摘要: The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of common geriatric conditions in a tertiary medical center. We conducted a cross-sectional, hospital-wide survey of 455 inpatients, aged 65 and older, from 24 medical and surgical units of a 2200-bed urban academic medical center in Taiwan. Patients were screened in face-to-face interviews for 15 geriatric conditions. The prevalence of geriatric conditions was determined and compared by medical versus surgical services. Our sample of participants had a mean age of 75.3 +/- 6.1 years (+/- S.D.), range = 65-92. The prevalence of geriatric conditions ranged from 5% (pressure ulcers) to 57% (polypharmacy; taking > 5 prescriptions). The majority was visually impaired (74%) and complained of sleep disturbance during their hospital stay (58%). Prevalence rates of certain geriatric conditions differed significantly between medical and surgical units, suggesting that care should address not only common conditions but also those with higher rates on different units. Furthermore, high rates of geriatric conditions indicate strong needs for care that does not fit into traditional disease models of medicine. Care should be better targeted to address different risks for geriatric conditions of medical versus surgical geriatric inpatients in acute care settings. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.archger.2010.06.003
http://hdl.handle.net/11536/22219
ISSN: 0167-4943
DOI: 10.1016/j.archger.2010.06.003
期刊: ARCHIVES OF GERONTOLOGY AND GERIATRICS
Volume: 53
Issue: 1
起始頁: 46
結束頁: 50
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