Predictors of functional ability in geriatric rehabilitation patients.

B. Resnick, M. P. Daly

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This study explored the impact that motivation, cognitive status, depression, age, and physical status have on the functional ability of older adults in a rehabilitation program. The study was based on a hypothesized model and was conducted with 200 patients on a geriatric rehabilitation unit. Structural equation modeling was done to test the hypothesized model. The average age of participants was 78 years, and the majority were female, Caucasian, unmarried, and had been admitted for rehabilitation after an orthopedic event. The data fit the hypothesized model; however, only five paths were significant. Mental status was a significant predictor of function on admission and a direct and indirect predictor of function at discharge, and diagnosis and age directly predicted function at discharge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-29
Number of pages9
JournalRehabilitation nursing : the official journal of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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