The risk of placement in a nursing home after acute hospitalization

Robert L. Kane, Ruth Matthias, Susan Sampson

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Using data from an urban Professional Standards Review Organization, the authors examined the pattern of diseharges for persons aged 65 years and older from acute hospitals for 1979 and 1980. Of the 9% of elderly persons who were discharged to nursing homes, those older than 85 years were 10 times as likely to enter n nursing home as those aged 65; females were twice as likely as males; and those with a diagnosis of mental illness were more likely than those with a diagnosis of physical disease, but the effects were additive. Even after adjustments for patient source, patient charaeteristics, and therapeutie Service, the university teaching hospital was less likely to discharge elderly patients to nursing homes than were the 10 community hospitals in the area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1055-1061
Number of pages7
JournalMedical care
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1983


  • Elderly
  • Hospital discharge
  • Nursing home


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