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DEMMI Scores, Length of Stay, and 30-Day Readmission of Acute Geriatric Patients in Denmark: A Cross-Sectional Observational Study with Longitudinal Follow-Up

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Physio- and Occupational Therapy Department, North Denmark Regional Hospital, DK-9800 Hjørring, Denmark
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Center for Clinical Research, North Denmark Regional Hospital, DK-9800 Hjørring, Denmark
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Unit of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Aalborg University Hospital, DK-9000 Aalborg, Denmark
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Aalborg University Hospital, Psychiatry, DK-9000 Aalborg, Denmark
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Geriatric Department, North Denmark Regional Hospital, DK-9800 Hjørring, Denmark
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Geriatrics 2019, 4(1), 8; https://doi.org/10.3390/geriatrics4010008
Received: 31 October 2018 / Revised: 28 December 2018 / Accepted: 31 December 2018 / Published: 7 January 2019
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Abstract

The aims of this study are to describe the mobility of acute geriatric patients, the length of stay, and to characterise patients who were readmitted within 30 days based on the De Morton Mobility Index (DEMMI). A cross-sectional observational study with longitudinal follow-up was conducted in the period from 1 March 2016 to 31 August 2016. Inclusion criteria were acute geriatric patients hospitalised for a minimum of 24 h. Of the 418 patients hospitalised during the study period, 246 (59%) participated in this study (44% male, median age 83 years [70; 94]). For patients in an acute geriatric department, the median DEMMI score was 41 and the mean score was 39.95. Patients with a DEMMI score ≤40 show a significantly lower Barthel 100 index, lower 30 s. sit-to-stand scores and were significantly more likely to be bedridden or, amongst those not bedridden, to use a mobility aid. Lower DEMMI scores were associated with longer admissions. DEMMI seems to have the ability to predict discharge within one week. There was no significant association between a lower DEMMI score and higher risk for 30-day readmission. Further research is needed to determine whether the DEMMI is suitable for identifying the patient’s need for further rehabilitation following the discharge. View Full-Text
Keywords: mobility; elderly; De Morton Mobility Index; readmission; length of stay mobility; elderly; De Morton Mobility Index; readmission; length of stay
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Melgaard, D.; Rodrigo-Domingo, M.; Mørch, M.M.; Byrgesen, S.M. DEMMI Scores, Length of Stay, and 30-Day Readmission of Acute Geriatric Patients in Denmark: A Cross-Sectional Observational Study with Longitudinal Follow-Up. Geriatrics 2019, 4, 8.

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