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  1. The use of indwelling urinary catheters (IUCs) is thought to be the most significant risk factor for developing nosocomial urinary tract infections (UTIs). However, it is unclear how many elderly patients have...

    Authors: Susan E Hazelett, Margaret Tsai, Michele Gareri and Kyle Allen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2006 6:15

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Almost every country in the Western world has great difficulties allocating enough financial resources to meet the needs in the care of the increasing elderly population. The main problem is common to all coun...

    Authors: Kajsa BE Thorsell, Berit M Nordström, Per Nyberg and Bengt V Sivberg

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2006 6:14

    Content type: Research article

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  3. We evaluated the accuracy of physician recognition of functional status impairment in older emergency departments (ED) patients. In particular, we evaluated the accuracy of medical records (a comparison of the...

    Authors: Alejandro Rodríguez-Molinero, María López-Diéguez, Ana I Tabuenca, Juan J de la Cruz and José R Banegas

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2006 6:13

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Hospitalization for older patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is associated with functional decline. Little is know about the relationship between inflammatory markers and determinants of function...

    Authors: Ali El Solh, Lilibeth Pineda, Pam Bouquin and Corey Mankowski

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2006 6:12

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Falls in hospital are frequent and their consequences place an increased burden on health services. We evaluated a falls prevention strategy consisting of the introduction of volunteers to 'sit' with patients ...

    Authors: Lynne C Giles, Denise Bolch, Robyn Rouvray, Beth McErlean, Craig H Whitehead, Paddy A Phillips and Maria Crotty

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2006 6:11

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Individualized decision making has been recommended for cancer screening decisions in older adults. Because older adults' preferences are central to individualized decisions, we assessed older adults' perspect...

    Authors: Carmen L Lewis, Christine E Kistler, Halle R Amick, Lea C Watson, Debra L Bynum, Louise C Walter and Michael P Pignone

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2006 6:10

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Large-scale RCTs comparing different types of exercise training in institutionalised older people are scarce, especially regarding effects on habitual physical activity and constipation. This study investigate...

    Authors: Marijke JM Chin A Paw, Mireille NM van Poppel and Willem van Mechelen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2006 6:9

    Content type: Research article

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  8. For older adults without diabetes, cognitive functioning has been implicated as a predictor of death and functional disability for older adults and those with mild to severe cognitive impairment. However, litt...

    Authors: Lisa C McGuire, Earl S Ford and Umed A Ajani

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2006 6:8

    Content type: Research article

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  9. The objective of this study was to assess the responsiveness of the Minimum Data Set Activities of Daily Living (MDS-ADL) Scale to change over time by examining the change in physical function in adults with m...

    Authors: G Iain Carpenter, Charlotte L Hastie, John N Morris, Brant E Fries and Joel Ankri

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2006 6:7

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Falls are a significant public health problem. Thirty to fifty percent of the elderly of 65 years and older fall each year. Falls are the most common type of accident in this age group and can result in fractu...

    Authors: Petra EM Zeeuwe, Arianne P Verhagen, Sita MA Bierma-Zeinstra, Erik van Rossum, Marjan J Faber and Bart W Koes

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2006 6:6

    Content type: Study protocol

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  11. The age-related deterioration of physiological capacities such as muscle strength and balance is associated with increased dependence. Understanding the contribution of physical fitness components to functiona...

    Authors: Amika S Singh, Marijke JM Chin A Paw, Ruud J Bosscher and Willem van Mechelen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2006 6:4

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Pain is a common and major problem among nursing home residents. The prevalence of pain in elderly nursing home people is 40–80%, showing that they are at great risk of experiencing pain. Since assessment of p...

    Authors: Sandra MG Zwakhalen, Jan PH Hamers, Huda Huijer Abu-Saad and Martijn PF Berger

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2006 6:3

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Nursing home residents are frequently sent to hospital for diagnostic tests or to receive acute health care services. These transfers are both costly and for some, associated with increased risks. Although imp...

    Authors: Soo Chan Carusone, Mark Loeb and Lynne Lohfeld

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2006 6:2

    Content type: Research article

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  14. the prevalence of individuals with cognitive decline is increasing since the number of elderly adults is growing considerably. The literature provides promising results on the beneficial effect of exercise and...

    Authors: Jannique GZ van Uffelen, Marijke Hopman-Rock, Marijke JM Chin A Paw and Willem van Mechelen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2005 5:18

    Content type: Study protocol

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  15. Fatigue or lack of interest can reduce the feasibility of intensive physical exercise in nursing home residents. Low-volume exercise interventions with similar training effects might be an alternative. The aim...

    Authors: Ivan Bautmans, Ellen Van Hees, Jean-Claude Lemper and Tony Mets

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2005 5:17

    Content type: Research article

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  16. The association between unexplained falls and cardiovascular causes is increasingly recognized. Neurally mediated cardiovascular disorders and hypotensive syndromes are found in almost 20 percent of the patien...

    Authors: Manuel Montero-Odasso, Marcelo Schapira, Gustavo Duque, Enrique R Soriano, Roberto Kaplan and Luis A Camera

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2005 5:15

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Older people living in nursing homes are at high risk of falling because of their general frailty and multiple pathologies. Prediction of falls might lead to an efficient allocation of preventive measures. Alt...

    Authors: Gabriele Meyer, Sascha Köpke, Ralf Bender and Ingrid Mühlhauser

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2005 5:14

    Content type: Study protocol

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  18. Verbal and physical aggressive behaviours are among the most disturbing and distressing behaviours displayed by older patients in long-term care facilities. Aggressive behaviour (AB) is often the reason for us...

    Authors: Philippe Voyer, René Verreault, Ginette M Azizah, Johanne Desrosiers, Nathalie Champoux and Annick Bédard

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2005 5:13

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Persistent pain is a common, often debilitating, problem in older adults; however, few studies have focused on the experiences of older adults in managing their pain. The objective of this study was to describ...

    Authors: Carol A Kemp, Mary Ersek and Judith A Turner

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2005 5:12

    Content type: Research article

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  20. The objective of this article is to describe the design of an evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of systematic home visits by nurses to frail elderly primary care patients. Pilot objectives were: 1. To deter...

    Authors: Hein PJ van Hout, Giel Nijpels, Harm WJ van Marwijk, Aaltje PD Jansen, Petronella J van't Veer, Willemijn Tybout and Wim AB Stalman

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2005 5:11

    Content type: Study protocol

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  21. Whether cancer is more disabling than other highly prevalent chronic diseases in the elderly is not well understood, and represents the objective of the present study.

    Authors: Andrea Corsonello, Claudio Pedone, Luciana Carosella, Francesco Corica, Bruno Mazzei and Raffaele Antonelli Incalzi

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2005 5:10

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Despite the recent growth in home health services, data on clinical outcomes and acute health care utilization among older adults receiving homecare services are sparse. Obtaining such data is particularly rel...

    Authors: Andrew A Smith, Soo B Chan Carusone, Kathleen Willison, Tamara J Babineau, Stephanie D Smith, Tom Abernathy, Tom Marrie and Mark Loeb

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2005 5:9

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Measurement of foot pressure distribution (FPD) is clinically useful for evaluation of foot and gait pathologies. The effects of healthy aging on FPD during walking are not well known. This study evaluated FPD...

    Authors: Mary Josephine Hessert, Mitul Vyas, Jason Leach, Kun Hu, Lewis A Lipsitz and Vera Novak

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2005 5:8

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Despite the MMSE's known flaws, it is still used extensively as both a screening instrument for dementia and a population measure of cognitive ability. The aim of this paper is to provide data on the distribut...

    Authors: Felicia A Huppert, Sara T Cabelli and Fiona E Matthews

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2005 5:7

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Rivastigmine, a butyl- and acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, is approved for symptomatic treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Data supporting the safety and efficacy of second-generation cholinesterase inhibit...

    Authors: Martin R Farlow and Mary L Lilly

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2005 5:3

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) use may protect against Alzheimer's disease (AD) risk. We sought examine the association between NSAID use and risk of AD, and potential effect modification by APOE...

    Authors: Agustín G Yip, Robert C Green, Matthew Huyck, L Adrienne Cupples and Lindsay A Farrer

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2005 5:2

    Content type: Research article

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  27. The objective of this study was to examine the Minimum Data Set (MDS) and Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) as measures of depression among nursing home residents.

    Authors: Melissa Koehler, Terry Rabinowitz, John Hirdes, Michael Stones, G Iain Carpenter, Brant E Fries, John N Morris and Richard N Jones

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2005 5:1

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Late-life depression is a common, chronic and recurring disorder for which guidelines recommend long-term therapy. The safety and efficacy of duloxetine for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD) wer...

    Authors: Madelaine M Wohlreich, Craig H Mallinckrodt, John G Watkin and Donald P Hay

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2004 4:11

    Content type: Research article

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  29. This study examined the use of the Folstein Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE) and the Clock Drawing Test (CDT) in predicting retrospective reports of driving problems among the elderly. The utility of existing sc...

    Authors: Nathan M Diegelman, Alan D Gilbertson, Jeffrey L Moore, Evangelia Banou and Michael R Meager

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2004 4:10

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Inappropriate medication use is a major healthcare issue for the elderly population. This study explored the prevalence of potentially inappropriate prescriptions (PIPs) in long-term care in metropolitan Quebec.

    Authors: Carol Rancourt, Jocelyne Moisan, Lucie Baillargeon, René Verreault, Danielle Laurin and Jean-Pierre Grégoire

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2004 4:9

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Immunosenescence is related to the deterioration of many immune functions, which may be manifested in increased susceptibility to infection, cancer, and autoimmunity. Lifestyle factors, such as diet or physica...

    Authors: Nadzieja Drela, Ewa Kozdron and Piotr Szczypiorski

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2004 4:8

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Regular physical activity may improve different aspects of wellbeing in older people, such as quality of life, vitality and depression. However, there is little experimental evidence to support this assumption...

    Authors: Marijke JM Chin A Paw, Mireille NM van Poppel, Jos WR Twisk and Willem van Mechelen

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2004 4:5

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Most comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) programs refer to hospital-based settings. However the body of geriatric healthcare is provided by general practitioners in their office. Structured geriatric prob...

    Authors: Eva Mann, Michael Koller, Christian Mann, Tischa van der Cammen and Johann Steurer

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2004 4:4

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Several studies have linked apolipoprotein E (ApoE) ε4 allele with elevated cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Data on the association of APOE genotypes with blood pressure, lipids, atrial fibrillation and...

    Authors: Sari Rastas, Kimmo Mattila, Auli Verkkoniemi, Leena Niinistö, Kati Juva, Raimo Sulkava and Esko Länsimies

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2004 4:1

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Cholinesterase inhibitors, such as galantamine, donepezil and rivastigmine are approved for symptomatic treatment of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) in Canada. In making choices amongst these drugs, one should consid...

    Authors: Jaime Caro, Denis Getsios, Kristen Migliaccio-Walle, Jack Ishak and Wissam El-Hadi

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2003 3:6

    Content type: Research article

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  36. The risk associated with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been decreasing for several years in intensive care departments, but is now increasing in rehabilitation and chronic-care-facilities...

    Authors: Patrica Minary-Dohen, Pascale Bailly, Xavier Bertrand and Daniel Talon

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2003 3:5

    Content type: Debate

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  37. The NeuroTrax Mindstreams computerized cognitive assessment system was designed for widespread clinical and research use in detecting mild cognitive impairment (MCI). However, the capability of Mindstreams tests ...

    Authors: Tzvi Dwolatzky, Victor Whitehead, Glen M Doniger, Ely S Simon, Avraham Schweiger, Dena Jaffe and Howard Chertkow

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2003 3:4

    Content type: Research article

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  38. For older adults, hospitalization frequently results in deterioration of mobility and function. Nevertheless, there are little data about how older adults exercise in the hospital and definitive studies are no...

    Authors: Laurie H Mallery, Elizabeth A MacDonald, Cheryl L Hubley-Kozey, Marie E Earl, Kenneth Rockwood and Chris MacKnight

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2003 3:3

    Content type: Research article

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  39. In November 2002, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a Nursing Home Quality Initiative that included publicly reporting a set of Quality Measures for all nursing homes in the country, ...

    Authors: Stephanie Kissam, David Gifford, Peggy Parks, Gail Patry, Laura Palmer, Linda Wilkes, Matthew Fitzgerald, Alice Stollenwerk Petrulis and Leslie Barnette

    Citation: BMC Geriatrics 2003 3:2

    Content type: Research article

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