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ERIC Number: EJ800856
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0016-9013
Impairment in Instrumental Activities of Daily Living and the Geriatric Syndrome of Self-Neglect
Naik, Aanand D.; Burnett, Jason; Pickens-Pace, Sabrina; Dyer, Carmel B.
Gerontologist, v48 n3 p388-393 Jun 2008
Purpose: We sought to characterize self-neglect definitively as a geriatric syndrome by identifying an association with functional impairment. Design and Methods: We performed a cross-sectional home evaluation of 100 community-living older adults referred by Adult Protective Services for geriatric self-neglect and 100 matched adults from a community geriatrics clinic. We made our assessments by using two manual muscle tests, a timed-gait test, a modified Physical Performance Test (mPPT), and the Kohlman Evaluation of Living Skills (KELS). Results: Participants in the self-neglect group had impaired mPPT (p less than 0.077) and KELS (p less than 0.001) scores compared with community-controls. Using analysis of covariance models, we found that self-neglect referral explained a significant proportion of the variance in KELS scores (32%; p less than 0.001) but not in mPPT scores (22%; p = 0.49). Implications: The geriatric syndrome of self-neglect is associated with increased morbidity and mortality and appears to be independently associated with impairments in instrumental activities of daily living. The evaluation and treatment of geriatric self-neglect should be consistent with that of other geriatric syndromes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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