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ERIC Number: EJ811976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0714-9808
Can They Keep Going on Their Own? A Four-Year Randomized Trial of Functional Assessments of Community Residents
Thomas, Roger; Worrall, Graham; Elgar, Frank; Knight, John
Canadian Journal on Aging, v26 n4 p379-389 Win 2007
Objectives: Are people 75 or over enabled to stay at home longer through annual assessments and referrals to health/social services than through assessments only or without assessments? Design: Randomized controlled trial. Participants: 520 people 75 or over living in their own homes. Intervention: Four annual RAI-HC computerized functional assessments. Intervention group 1: elders and primary caregivers received the results and were invited to take appropriate actions. Intervention group 2: elders and primary caregivers were offered referrals to health/social services. Measurements/Outcomes: Death, institutionalization, home care services, RAI-HC scores, self-rated health, perceived self-efficacy, caregiver burden. Results: By the end of the study, annual functional assessment and offers of referrals to health/social services led to a greater use of home care (6.3%) than did assessment alone (1.8%), but there were no significant differences in death rates, institutionalization, perceived self-efficacy, self-rated health status, or caregiver burden scores between groups. Conclusion: We discovered that this was a group of healthy seniors. Multi-dimensional functional assessment is time- and labour-intensive and should be targeted at the minority of least self-reliant seniors.
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Language: English
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