A Longitudinal Study of Participation in Nursing Home Activity Programs

Barry W. Rovner, Pearl S. German, Linda C. Burton, Rebecca D. Clark

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The authors evaluated participation in activity programs in a prospective study of 198 new nursing home admissions. Both on admission and after 1 year, approximately 50% of patients were not participating in activities. Nonparticipation was associated with greater cognitive and functional impairment and the use of restraints and neuroleptics. Over the year, activity status changed for approximately 50% of patients in relation to these factors. These findings indicate current limitations in nursing home activity programs and suggest that participation is a dynamic process influenced by identifiable clinical variables. Revision of activity programs is necessary to meet OBRA regulations to improve the quality of patients' lives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-174
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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