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Comparisons of the effects of age, gender, race, and length of stay on diabetic and non-diabetic inpatient groups with pressure ulcers
by Bao, Tuoya, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 40; 1486698
Abstract (Summary)

The increasing pressure ulcer (PrU) prevalence in all health care settings increases costs and decreases patients' quality of life. Each year, with 938,000 admissions and 114,380 deaths related to PrUs, the prevention and reduction of PrU prevalence has become a critical issue.

The goal of the present study was to determine the relationship between PrUs and the variables of age, gender, race, and length of hospital stay. This project utilized the National Inpatient Sample of Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project database, and the SPSS software 18.0 version was used to perform statistical analyses. The main research question was to determine which variable has a significant impact on PrU formation.

The main finding was that race plays a significant role. The limitation of the study was that it could not explain why age is not a significant risk factor for the PrU.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Reynolds, Grace
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Health care management
Publication Number: 1486698
ISBN: 978-1-124-27598-7
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