Factors Affecting Functional Status of Hospitalized Older Persons

  • Busara Srikhamwiang
  • Pongpan Aroonsang
  • Wilawan Phanphruk


The purpose of this predictive study was to explore the functional status and examine the predictability of factors related on functional status of 145 older persons in hospitalization. Data were collected by using standard questionnaires and assessment tool. Data was analyzed by using descriptive statistics, pearson’s product moment correlation, and stepwise multiple regression. The research fndings are as follows : The mean score of basic activities daily living of the hospitalized prior to admission, at admission and before discharge were 17.98, 7.09 and 12.60 respectively. Factors that were signifcantly correlated with BADLs the frst admission were age (r=-.250, p<.01), severity of illness (r=-457, p<.01), cognitive status (r=.270, p<.01), and self-perceived health (x2=10.01, p<.05) and before discharge were age (r=-.263, p<.01) severity of illness (r=.261, p<.01) cognitive status (r=.266, p<.05) participating on of the care of caregivers (r=.188, p<.05) length of stay (r=.232, p.01) urinary incontinence (r2=3.86, p<.05) self perceived health (x2=10.38, p<.05) and complication during hospitaliration (x2=10.25, p<.01). Severity of illness and cognitive status were selected as signifcant predictors. They explained 17.8 percent (R2= .178) of the variance of BADLs at the frst admission. Urinary incontinence and cognitive status were selected as signifcant predictors. They explained 18.9 percent (R2= .189) of the variance of BADLs before discharge


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