Age-related differences in length of stays, hospitalization costs, and outcomes for an injury-matched sample of adults with paraplegia

Short Title:
Age-related differences in length of stays, hospitalization costs, and outcomes for an injury-matched sample of adults with paraplegia
Model System:
SCI
Reference Type:
Journal Article
Accession No.:
J44670.
Journal:
Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2001, vol. 24, issue 4, pp 241-250
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Abstract:
Study examines the effects of age at injury on length of stay (LOS), treatment costs, and outcomes for patients with paraplegia spinal cord injury (SCI). Patients were assessed at acute care admission, inpatient rehabilitation admission, and inpatient rehabilitation discharge. Along with patient demographic data, outcome measures included the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) motor index and Functional Independence Measure (FIM) admission, discharge, and efficiency scores; LOS and medical care charges; and rates of discharge disposition. Age-related differences were found for etiology and health care plan, preinjury marital status, education level, and employment status. Older patients had longer rehabilitation stays, lower rehabilitation discharge FIM motor scores, and showed less improvement than younger and middle-age patients. No age-related differences were found for acute care LOS and charges, or rates of discharge disposition.
Author(s):
Seel, Ronald T.; Huang, Mark E.; Cifu, David X.; Kolakowsky-Hayner, Stephanie A.; McKinley, William O.
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