Emergency Department Visits Without Hospitalization Are Associated With Functional Decline in Older Persons

Nagurney, J. M. et al. Annals of Emergency Medicine. Published online: January 6 2017

Study objective: Among older persons, disability and functional decline are associated with increased mortality, institutionalization, and costs. The aim of the study was to determine whether illnesses and injuries leading to an emergency department (ED) visit but not hospitalization are associated with functional decline among community-living older persons.

 

Conclusion: Although not as debilitating as an acute hospitalization, illnesses and injuries leading to an ED visit without hospitalization were associated with a clinically meaningful decline in functional status during the following 6 months, suggesting that the period after an ED visit represents a vulnerable time for community-living older persons.

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