Maximizing the functional status of geriatric patients in an acute community hospital setting

Paul Meissner, Kathryn Andolsek, Pamela A. Mears, Barbara Fletcher

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Patients (n = 103) admitted to an inpatient geriatric care unit focusing on restoration of functional status were compared to similar patients (n = 75) admitted to a control-unit. Study unit patients showed significantly greater improvement in basic functional capabilities from admission to discharge than did control-unit patients. A mixed picture evolved when length of stay and total charges of study and control-unit patient were compared by diagnostic-related groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)524-528
Number of pages5
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1989
Externally publishedYes



  • Acute-care community hospital
  • Charge-effectiveness
  • Geriatric patient functional rehabilitation unit
  • Geriatrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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