The immediate and subsequent outcomes of nursing home care

M. A. Lewis, R. L. Kane, S. Cretin, V. Clark

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To determine the relationship between admission status and subsequent outcomes, 563 patients discharged during 1980 from 24 nursing homes were followed through 1982. Only 28% of patients were discharged to their homes. Reconstructed life histories of 529 discharges for the two-year follow-up revealed only 38 persons (7.2%) were alive and at home; of these, 36 had been initially discharged to their homes. Four hundred and one persons (75.8%) were dead. Mental orientation, urinary continence, functional status, hip fracture, and diagnoses associated with dementia were found to be significant predictors of outcome status after discharge and at follow-up. Social support had only a modest effect on the former outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)758-762
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1985


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