Christian Barillaro

Learn More
OBJECTIVE In this study, we evaluate the impact of disability and multimorbidity on the risk of all-cause death in a population of frail older persons living in community. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING We analyzed data from the Aging and Longevity Study in the Sirente geographic area, a prospective cohort study that collected data on all subjects aged 80 years(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Physical therapy is frequently offered to community-dwelling frail elderly as part of home care rehabilitation programs. A better knowledge of predictors of rehabilitative success could allow a better targeting of limited resources. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the association of medical indicators of health status on(More)
OBJECTIVE There is increasing evidence that anorexia of aging can cause physical and mental impairment. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the relationship between anorexia and sarcopenia in elderly persons aged 80 years or older. METHODS Data are from the baseline evaluation of 354 subjects enrolled in the ilSIRENTE study. The ilSIRENTE study(More)
BACKGROUND Anemia status is a typical feature of the "frailty syndrome" of elderly subjects. Increasing evidences suggest that low hemoglobin concentration is common in elderly subjects and adversely affects morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVE In the present study, we evaluate the impact of hemoglobin concentration on the risk of all-cause mortality in a(More)
BACKGROUND Physical function measures have gained increased importance in the evaluation of older persons. The presence of comorbidity is a major and growing issue in geriatrics. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the relationship between comorbidity and physical function in community-dwelling older persons. METHODS Data are from baseline evaluation of the ilSIRENTE(More)
Increasing evidence from experimental studies and human observations suggests that drugs with anticholinergic properties can cause physical and mental impairment. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between the use of drugs with anticholinergic activity and measures of physical performance, muscle strength, and functional status in(More)
BACKGROUND Injuries due to falls are one of the most important public health concerns for all ages, but especially for frail elderly people. Although a small number of falls have a single cause, the majority have many different causes resulting from the interactions between intrinsic or extrinsic risk factors. METHODS We conducted an observational study(More)
OBJECTIVE The criteria for inappropriate drug use developed by Beers have been widely used in drug utilization reviews to assess the quality of prescribing, but there is still inconclusive evidence that these criteria can impact on patient outcomes. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the relationship between the use of inappropriate drugs and(More)
BACKGROUND Several studies have reported predictors for loss of mobility and impairments of physical performance among frail elderly people. AIM To evaluate the relationship between lifetime occupation and physical function in persons aged 80 years or older. METHODS Data are from baseline evaluation of 364 subjects enrolled in the ilSIRENTE study (a(More)
OBJECTIVE Studies on factors predicting the hospital admission of geriatric patients have reported different findings. The present study was undertaken to examine the rate of hospitalization among a large sample of frail elderly people living in the community and to identify the most important clinical and patient-centered factors associated with the(More)