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J Am Geriatr Soc. 2013 Jun;61(6):902-11. doi: 10.1111/jgs.12273. Epub 2013 May 20.

Systematic review: Health-related characteristics of elderly hospitalized adults and nursing home residents associated with short-term mortality.

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Department of Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA. n.thomas@yale.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To identify the domains of health-related characteristics of older hospitalized adults and nursing home residents most strongly associated with short-term mortality.

DESIGN:

Systematic review.

SETTING:

Studies published in English in MEDLINE, Scopus, or Web of Science before August 1, 2010.

PARTICIPANTS:

Prospective studies consisting of persons aged 65 and older that evaluated the association between at least one health-related participant characteristic and mortality within a year in multivariable analysis.

MEASUREMENTS:

All health-related characteristics associated with mortality in multivariable analysis were extracted and categorized into domains. The frequency, with all studies combined, with which particular domains were associated with mortality in multivariable analysis was determined.

RESULTS:

Thirty-three studies (28 in hospitalized individuals, five in nursing home residents) reported a large number of characteristics associated with mortality that could be categorized in seven domains: cognitive function, disease diagnosis, laboratory values, nutrition, physical function, pressure ulcers, and shortness of breath. Measures of physical function and nutrition were the domains most frequently associated with mortality up to 1 year from the time of evaluation for hospitalized individuals and nursing home residents; measures of physical function, cognitive function, and nutrition were the domains most frequently associated with in-hospital mortality for hospitalized individuals.

CONCLUSION:

Of a large number of health-related characteristics of older persons shown to be associated with short-term mortality, measures of nutrition, physical function, and cognitive function were the domains of health most frequently associated with mortality. These domains provide easily measurable factors that may serve as helpful markers for individuals at high mortality risk.

PMID:
23692412
PMCID:
PMC4059538
DOI:
10.1111/jgs.12273
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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