Title

Temporal Trends and Rural-Urban Differences in Hospital Length of Stay for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2017

Publication Title

Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders

Volume

31

Issue

3

First page number:

244

Last page number:

248

Abstract

Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess rural-urban differences and temporal trends in length of inpatient stay among patients diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and related dementia (ADRD). Materials and Methods: The study sample comprised 27,313 ADRD and 27,313 matched non-ADRD inpatient discharges from Nebraska hospitals from 2005 to 2011. Descriptive statistics and multivariable regression models were used to assess rural-urban variations and temporal trends in length of stay (LOS). Results: LOS was found to be similar for ADRD and non-ADRD-related hospitalizations. No rural-urban differences in LOS were observed for ADRD-related hospitalizations. However, there was a temporal decline in LOS for ADRD-related hospitalizations. Conclusions: LOS for ADRD-related hospitalizations was found to be influenced mostly by patient-level demographic and clinical factors. Hospital-level factors were not associated with LOS. Copyright © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.

Language

english

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