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Fear of falling (FF) is a common problem in older persons. FF negatively affects the quality of life by generating anxiety, loss of confidence and of self-efficacy, and, ultimately, activity restriction and increased risk of falling. The FES-I and Short FES-I are two instruments developed to assess FF in older persons which have been already validated in(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS In advanced age, the influence of vertebral fractures on quality of life extends well beyond the usual sequelae of osteoporosis. In order to intercept older subjects' distress associated with the clinical, functional, social and psychological consequences of the disease, we developed and validated a multidimensional instrument (the(More)
Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are a public health problem in older subjects, being responsible for a significant morbidity, disability and mortality. Older subjects are more susceptible to develop ADRs mainly due to polypharmacy, multimorbidity and inappropriate prescribing. The prevention of these drug related negative events represents an important aim(More)
BACKGROUND A care gap exists between the health care needs of older persons with fragility fractures and the therapeutic answers they receive. The Fracture Prevention Service (FPS), a tailored in-hospital model of care, may effectively bridge the osteoporosis care gap for hip-fractured older persons. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of(More)
Major depression, defined according to DSM IV TR criteria, is less common in older subjects, while other types of depression are two to three times more prevalent. This heterogeneous group of disturbances has received different names: depression not otherwise specified, minor depression, subthreshold or subsyndromal depression. Moreover, each condition has(More)
BACKGROUND In older individuals, acute medical illnesses and admission to hospital are often associated with a deterioration of cognitive status, also in the absence of dementia and full-blown delirium. We evaluated the prevalence of subsyndromal delirium (SSD) and its correlates in a sample of elderly medical inpatients. METHODS From 763 consecutive(More)
BACKGROUND The evaluation of surgical risk is crucial in elderly patients. At present, there is little evidence of the usefulness of comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) as a part of the overall assessment of surgical elderly patients. METHODS We verified whether CGA associated with established surgical risk assessment tools is able to improve the(More)
BACKGROUND The cardiovascular risk associated with an increase in serum creatinine below the acute kidney injury (AKI) threshold, during hospitalization, has not been studied in depth. We assessed patients' features and outcomes associated with these changes. METHODS Retrospective cohort study of 12,493 consecutive patients admitted to hospital throughout(More)
BACKGROUND New creatinine based equations for estimating glomerular proposed for aged subjects have not been assessed in their association of reduced eGFR with cardiovascular (CV) morbidity or all cause (AC) mortality. PATIENTS All subjects ≥70 years old (2998) who had been admitted to the hospital during a 12 month period were examined. METHODS In a(More)
We aimed at comparing the relationship of reduced estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and mortality between high risk patients with and without type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The cross-sectional study evaluated 16,298 participants (1,627 T2DM) acutely admitted to hospital. The longitudinal study comprised 7,508(More)
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