Care available to severely disabled older persons living at home in Florence, Italy

Mauro Di Bari, Alessandro Pecchioli, Giampiero Mazzaglia, Monica Marini, Gavino Maciocco, Luigi Ferrucci, Niccolò Marchionni

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Aims: To characterize the epidemiology of disability in, and the level of care available to, older community-dwellers in an Italian urban sample. Methods: In a 2-phase survey, persons aged 65+ years, randomly selected from the patients lists of 98 primary care physicians (PCP), were screened (phase I) by their PCP with a structured questionnaire to detect the presence of: 1) need of help in performing Basic and 2) Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (BADL, IADL); 3) poor vision or 4) hearing; 5) weight loss; 6) use of homecare services; 7) self-perceived inadequacy of income. Subjects reporting 2+ problems were further evaluated in face-to-face structured interviews (phase II). Results: Of 5445 participants, 597 (11%) screened positive in phase I and 416 were interviewed in phase II. Of these, 4, 29, 19 and 49% were disabled in 1-2 IADL, 3+ IADL, 1-2 BADL, and 3+ BADL. The extent of the support network increased with disability severity (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-39
Number of pages9
JournalAging clinical and experimental research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • ASSI survey
  • Disability
  • Healthcare
  • Home-bound elderly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging


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