Does admission grip strength predict length of stay in hospitalised older patients?


Kerr, A., Syddall, H.E., Cooper, C., Turner, G.F., Briggs, R.S. and Sayer, A.A. (2006) Does admission grip strength predict length of stay in hospitalised older patients? Age and Ageing, 35, (1), 82-84. (doi:10.1093/ageing/afj010).

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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afj010

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Epidemiological studies have shown that grip strength measured in middle-aged and older people is a powerful predictor of functional decline, disability and mortality [1–3]. Findings from cross-sectional data also suggest that grip strength may be a useful single marker of frailty [4]. However, grip strength is rarely measured in a clinical setting either for objective assessment of muscle function in relation to physical function or to predict outcome. The few clinical studies involving measurement of grip strength have been confined to a surgical setting and showed that lower grip strength was associated with increased post-operative complications [5–10]. Two studies also showed a relationship between pre-operative grip strength and post-operative length of stay

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0002-0729 (print)
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Keywords: physiology, patient discharge, male, patient admission, length of stay, aged, comparative study, hospitals, hand strength, research,80 and over, inpatients, prognosis, humans, follow-up studies, female, prospective studies,aged
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Medical Education
ePrint ID: 61283
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:43
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/61283

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