Aim. This paper is a report of a study to examine the relationship between health-related admission factors and post-hospital physical function at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months in older adult nursing facility residents.
Background. Physical functional decline is a significant health problem for older adults and has far-reaching effects. In particular, the immediate post-hospital period is a high-risk time, because shortened hospital stays make it likely that older patients are discharged in a state of incomplete recovery.
Lee, J. & Rantz, M. (2008). Correlates of post-hospital physical function at 1 year in skilled nursing facility residents. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 62(4), 1479-486.