Prevalence and Types of Anemia and Associations with Functional Decline in Geriatric Inpatients.


BACKGROUND The prevalence of anemia in hospitalized seniors has been linked to poor functional outcomes, increased mortality, and longer hospital stays, and has been associated with advancing age, male sex, and cognitive impairment. Despite the potential for complications, anemia often is undiagnosed and/or untreated in seniors. OBJECTIVES Examine (a) the distribution of anemia diagnosis and treatment in patients in a rehabilitation hospital, and (b) patients' cognitive and functional outcomes. DESIGN Retrospective chart review of medical records of 132 patients. MEASUREMENTS The presence and type of anemia were determined based on the World Health Organization criteria for adults and Smith's algorithm, respectively. The Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) was used to measure cognitive status. Functional impairment was assessed using the Functional Independence Measure (FIM). RESULTS The mean age of the sample was 82.20 years, with 68% being female, the mean MMSE and FIM scores were 23.95 (SD = 4.3) and 82.82 (SD = 15.63), respectively. In total, 67% of males and 46% of females were anemic (P < 0.05). The majority of anemias were caused by nutritional deficiencies. The percent of anemic females receiving treatment for anemia was higher (71%) than the percent of anemic males (46%) (P < 0.05). The majority of the patients improved functionally regardless of anemia status. CONCLUSIONS Results indicated that a substantial number of patients in a geriatric hospital were anemic, with significant percentage going untreated. The overall improvement in patients' functional abilities suggests that remedial rehabilitation of frail seniors has an impact on recovery during their hospital stay.

DOI: 10.14283/jfa.2015.35

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@article{Triscott2015PrevalenceAT, title={Prevalence and Types of Anemia and Associations with Functional Decline in Geriatric Inpatients.}, author={Jean A. C. Triscott and Bruce M Dobbs and Ryan McKay and Oksana Babenko and Elizabeth Triscott}, journal={The Journal of frailty & aging}, year={2015}, volume={4 1}, pages={7-12} }