Lindenberg, K., Nitz, J., Rahmann, A. & Bew, P. (2014). Predictors of discharge destination in a geriatric population after undergoing rehabilitation. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy,37(2), 92-98. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1519/JPT.0b013e3182abe79e
Background and Purpose: Patients undertaking inpatient rehabilitation comprise a diverse group, including patients with stroke and other neurological conditions, patients who have fallen with or without a resulting fracture, and patients with joint replacements, general debility, or various cardiopulmonary conditions. It is not clear whether diagnosis has an impact on discharge destination in a heterogeneous patient group. The purpose of this study was to determine whether diagnostic category matters or whether it is rehabilitation length of stay (LOS), ability on the 10-Meter Walk Test (10MWT), or Balance Outcome Measure for Elder Rehabilitation (BOOMER) at discharge that predicts discharge destination in elderly patients undergoing rehabilitation who had previously lived at home.
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