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Evaluation of comprehensive rehabilitation services for elderly homebound patients with arthritis and orthopedic disability

Arthritis and Rheumatism

Author: Liang, M. H., Partridge, A. J., Larson, M. G., Gall, V., Taylor, J., Berkman, C., Master, R., Feltin, M., Taylor, J.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1984


Fifty-seven elderly homebound patients with arthritis and orthopedic disabilities were randomized to a goal-oriented outreach rehabilitation program or to usual treatment. Although 64% of patient goals were met, there were no overall significant differences in functional scores, institutionalization, or contentment between treatment and control periods. Twenty-three patients had maintained clinical improvement at the end of the study and some patients were dramatically improved with simple measures. The program's marginal costs were modest and consisted primarily of expenses associated with therapist's visits. The total costs of assistive devices and home modifications amounted to $1,902. Twenty-five percent of the homebound population could benefit from such services but the actual number who would partake is small.

Further Details

Pages: 258-266
Volume: 27
Issue: 3
Accession Number: 13.3.03
Keywords: older, mobility, assistive device, modification
Reads: 171