Functional status of community-dwelling older adults after inpatient rehabilitation

PEIRIS, C.L., SHIELDS, N., LOWE, Anna, TAN, G. and TAYLOR, N.F. (2022). Functional status of community-dwelling older adults after inpatient rehabilitation. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 29 (1), 1-12.

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Background/Aims: Factors that influence functional ability in older adults after rehabilitation are not well understood. The aim of this study was to investigate how older people function in their community after being discharged from inpatient rehabilitation. Methods A cross-sectional study was undertaken of community-dwelling older adults (n=86, 75 ± 6years) discharged from rehabilitation in the previous 12months. Basic functional independence was assessed using the Functional Independence Measure and complex functional independence was assessed using the Frenchay Activities Index. Multiple regression analyses were conducted to assess any association between predetermined factors and function. Results Functional Independence Measure scores and physical activity levels after being discharged accounted for 50% of the variance in basic function (R2=0.50, F=40.75, P<0.001). Frenchay Activities Index scores, physical activity, age, sex and migrant status accounted for 68% of variance in complex function (R2=0.68, F=29.75, P<0.001). Conclusions Clinicians are encouraged to implement strategies to improve function at discharge from rehabilitation and to promote physical activity among older people at risk of poor function following rehabilitation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Activities of daily living; Independent living; Older adults; Rehabilitation; 1103 Clinical Sciences
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Page Range: 1-12
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2022 12:52
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2022 01:18

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