The validity of nutritional status as a marker for future disability and depressive symptoms among high-risk older adults

Chad Boult, U. Beate Krinke, Cristina Flood Urdangarin, Vicki Skarin

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To measure the validity of the DETERMINE Checklist as a marker for future functional disability, depressive symptoms, and mortality among high-risk older adults. DESIGN: A Cohort study. SETTING: An Urban- suburban Midwestern community. PARTICIPANTS: Community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries at high risk for hospital admission who received geriatric evaluation and management (GEM) (n = 251). MEASUREMENTS: Demographic, health- related, functional, psychosocial, survival, and nutritional data were collected through telephone and in-home interviews. RESULTS: GEM recipients with baseline Checklist scores of four or higher were found to be significantly more likely than those with lower scores to have functional disability or high levels of depressive symptoms a year later. Checklist scores did not predict mortality. CONCLUSIONS: The 10-item Checklist could be used as a secondary screen to identify older persons who, without treatment, are at especially high-risk to have disability or depression a year later.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)995-999
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume47
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1999

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Functional disability
  • Nutritional status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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