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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The rapid growth of the elderly population has resulted in a corresponding rise in the number of elderly individuals who experience disability during their lifetimes. The purpose of this study was to test the usefulness of four established clinical measures of balance, gait, and subjective perceptions of fear of falling as screening(More)
PURPOSE To assess the known-groups and construct validity of measures from the CHAMPS Physical Activity Questionnaire, Physical Activity Survey for the Elderly (PASE), and the Yale Physical Activity Survey (YPAS). METHODS The three questionnaires were administered to a convenience sample of older adults (N = 87) recruited from community centers and(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the usefulness of the 6-minute walk test as an integrated measure of mobility in older adults. DESIGN Observational study. SETTING Community centers and retirement homes in the Los Angeles area. PATIENTS Eighty-six older adults without significant disease. INTERVENTIONS None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Assessments included the(More)
The aim of this study was to characterize ambulatory healthcare utilization of older Korean Americans and its association with length of time since immigration. It was hypothesized that older Korean Americans who were recent immigrants would use outpatient physician visits less often than early immigrants. The data are from the 2000 Korean-American Health(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effects of cane use on spatiotemporal gait parameters, pain, and function in adults with hip osteoarthritis (OA). DESIGN Prospective observational study. SETTING An academic tertiary Veterans Affairs Healthcare Center. PARTICIPANTS Thirteen adults with symptomatic hip OA and 13 healthy adults. METHODS We undertook gait(More)
Our objective was to describe racial/ethnic variations in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) ambulatory care use and its association with the presence of unmet health care needs. Using the 1992 National Survey of Veterans, we examined race/ethnicity and unmet health care need for ambulatory care users of VA and non-VA facilities. Black and Hispanic(More)
BACKGROUND "Veteran identity" is defined as veterans' self-concept that derives from his/her military experience within a sociohistorical context. Veteran identity may vary by race/ethnicity because the sociohistorical context of the military experience varies by race. OBJECTIVES To explore veteran identity and how it varies by race/ethnicity, and to(More)
This study examines veterans' satisfaction with outpatient care within the context of outpatient user type, race/ethnicity, and veteran identity. The sample includes 2652 veterans who participated in the VIP 2001 Survey. After controlling for enabling and need characteristics in logistic regression models, Veterans Administration (VA)-only users were 2 to 8(More)
BACKGROUND Hospitalized hip fracture patients may receive physical therapy (PT) in acute and/or postacute settings. Patterns of PT use may vary by patient, clinical, and hospital characteristics. These patterns can be analyzed if the acute and postacute stays are linked. OBJECTIVES We classified the following patterns of PT use: acute PT only, skilled(More)
OBJECTIVES We assessed racial/ethnic variations in patterns of ambulatory care use among Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care-eligible veterans to determine if racial/ethnic differences in health care use persist in equal-access systems. METHODS We surveyed 3227 male veterans about their health and ambulatory care use. RESULTS Thirty-eight(More)