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Revista Medica Herediana

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VARELA PINEDO, Luis; CHAVEZ JIMENO, Helver; GALVEZ CANO, Miguel  and  MENDEZ SILVA, Francisco. Nationwide Functional independence in the old adult prior to hospitalization. Rev Med Hered [online]. 2005, vol.16, n.3, pp.165-171. ISSN 1018-130X.

Objective: To determine the characteristics of the functionality in the Peruvian elderly adult 2 weeks before their hospitalization, also the association of the functionality with geriatrics syndromes and problems. Material and methods: On base of the information of the study "Multidisciplinary Geriatric Assessment in Peruvian Hospitals", that included 400 patients elder than 60 years; the functionality characteristics were evaluated and the functionality results were compared with the principal geriatric syndromes and problems. Results: The frequency of functional autonomy was of 53%; bathing and dressing were the most compromised basic activities of the daily living in a 44.5% and 39% of the patients. There was a significant difference between functionality and age, economical situation, falls, urinary incontinence, dizziness, cognitive impairment and depression. Conclusions: The frequency of functional dependency in the pre-hospitalized elderly adult population is high; also more age, social problems, falls, urinary incontinence, dizziness, cognitive impairment and depression are associated with functional deterioration. (Rev Med Hered 2005;16:165-171).

Keywords : Elderly Adult; functionality; Peru; geriatric syndromes.

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