Risk factors for three-month mortality after discharge in a cohort of non-oncologic hospitalized elderly patients

on behalf of the REPOSI Investigators, Luca Pasina, Laura Cortesi, Mara Tiraboschi, Alessandro Nobili, Giovanna Lanzo, Mauro Tettamanti, Carlotta Franchi, Pier Mannuccio Mannucci, Silvia Ghidoni, Andrea Assolari, Antonio Brucato

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Background Short-term prognosis, e.g. mortality at three months, has many important implications in planning the overall management of patients, particularly non-oncologic patients in order to avoid futile practices. The aims of this study were: i) to investigate the risk of three-month mortality after discharge from internal medicine and geriatric wards of non-oncologic patients with at least one of the following conditions: permanent bedridden status during the hospital stay; severely reduced kidney function; hypoalbuminemia; hospital admissions in the previous six months; severe dementia; ii) to establish the absolute risk difference of three-month mortality of bedridden compared to non-bedridden patients. Methods This prospective cohort study was run in 102 Italian internal medicine and geriatric hospital wards. The sample included all patients with three-months follow-up data. Bedridden condition was defined as the inability to walk or stand upright during the whole hospital stay. The following parameters were also recorded: estimated GFR ≤ 29 mL/min/1.73 m2; severe dementia; albuminemia ≪2.5 g/dL; hospital admissions in the six months before the index admission. Results Of 3915 patients eligible for the analysis, three-month follow-up were available for 2058, who were included in the study. Bedridden patients were 112 and the absolute risk difference of mortality at three months was 0.13 (CI 95% 0.08–0.19, p ≪ 0.0001). Logistic regression analysis also adjusted for age, sex, number of drugs and comorbidity index found that bedridden condition (OR 2.10, CI 95% 1.12–3.94), severely reduced kidney function (OR 2.27, CI 95% 1.22–4.21), hospital admission in the previous six months (OR 1.96, CI 95% 1.22–3.14), severe dementia (with total or severe physical dependence) (OR 4.16, CI 95% 2.39–7.25) and hypoalbuminemia (OR 2.47, CI 95% 1.12–5.44) were significantly associated with higher risk of three-month mortality. Conclusions Bedridden status, severely reduced kidney function, recent hospital admissions, severe dementia and hypoalbuminemia were associated with higher risk of three-month mortality in non-oncologic patients after discharge from internal medicine and geriatric hospital wards.
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)169-173
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018

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