Geriatric rehabilitation of patients selected at the emergency department: Patient factors related to rehabilitation outcome

Stephanie van Zuilekom, Renate M. Schut, Barbara C. van Munster, Petra E. Spies*

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Abstract

In the Netherlands geriatric rehabilitation is possible (among others) for patients who are selected by a geriatrician at the emergency department of a hospital. The aim of this study was to investigate the rehabilitation trajectory of patients who were selected for geriatric rehabilitation at the emergency department after a single contact with the geriatrician and to identify patient factors related to rehabilitation outcome. Successful rehabilitation was defined as discharge to home or a residential care facility after a maximum of 6 months. All patients who in 2016 were selected for geriatric rehabilitation were included. Data were collected retrospectively from electronic patient files. 74 patients were included (mean age 84.7 years). 84% were successfully discharged home or to a residential care facility within six months. The presentation with a fall and the absence of a partner at home was higher in the unsuccessful group. In the successful group more patients lived independent and without professional help prior to rehabilitation. Noteworthy is that the analysed patient group is a frail group, considering the high one-year mortality (21,6%) and overall functional decline despite geriatric rehabilitation.

Translated title of the contributionGeriatric rehabilitation of patients selected at the emergency department: Patient factors related to rehabilitation outcome
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)8-14
Number of pages7
JournalTijdschrift voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1-Mar-2019

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