The purpose of the study was to investigate if there was a difference in the rate of falls between patients with dementia and patients without dementia residing in skilled nursing facilities. The study also aimed to find out if the rate of falls in male patients with dementia was greater than that of female patients with dementia. The researcher used 2004 National Nursing Home Survey secondary dataset with a full sample size of 13,452 patients. For the present study, a subsample of patients with dementia was used, N = 844. Among the patients, 245 (29.02%) were males and 599 (70.97%) were females. The results of Chi-square test of independence showed that patients with dementia fell at a greater rate than patients without dementia at skilled nursing facilities. There was some evidence for a significant gender difference in falls within 30 days prior to the interview. The implications of these results were discussed.
|Commitee:||Frates, Janice, Sinay, Tony|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Health Care Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health care management|
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