Health-related factors associated with hospitalization for old people: Comparisons of elderly aged 85 in a population cohort study
2012 (English)In: Archives of gerontology and geriatrics (Print), ISSN 0167-4943, E-ISSN 1872-6976, Vol. 54, no 2, 391-397 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this population-based study was to (1) describe living conditions and actual health care utilization among 85 year olds; (2) determine factors that affect hospital admissions in this age. The study was conducted on 85-year-old residents in Linkoping municipality, Sweden. The data collected included medical records, health care utilization during the preceding 12 months and a postal questionnaire on assistance, assistive technology, functional impairment, feelings of loneliness, worries and health-related quality of life measured by the EQ-5D. Out of 650 eligible individuals, 496 (78% of those alive) participated. Despite the prevalence of multi-morbidity (68%) and mental discomfort, the majority managed self-care (85%), usual activities (74%) and had high (andgt;60/100) self-rated health evaluated by a visual analog scale (VAS). The non-hospitalized group reported a better health status than the hospitalized group in terms of medical aspects, living conditions and subjective estimation. Factors associated with in-patient care were an increased number of general practitioner visits, more assistive technology, community assistance, multimorbidity and/or diagnosed congestive heart failure and arrhythmia.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier , 2012. Vol. 54, no 2, 391-397 p.
Population study, Hospitalization, Health care service, postal questionnaire
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-76812DOI: 10.1016/j.archger.2011.04.023ISI: 000301647400064OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-76812DiVA: diva2:516823
Funding Agencies|Health Research Council of the South-East of Sweden|FORSS-8888FORSS-11636FORSS-31811|County of Ostergotland|LIO-11877LIO-31321LIO-79951|Janne Elgqvist Family Foundation||2012-04-202012-04-202014-06-04