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Testing nursing home iatrogenesis
Author(s)Joan Retsinas, Patricia Garrity
Journal titleInternational Journal of Aging and Human Development, vol 26, no 1, 1988
Pagespp 57-69
KeywordsInstitutionalism ; Residents [care homes] ; United States of America.
AnnotationMany nursing home residents admitted for "temporary" stays are expected to return to the community. To test the notion of iatrogenesis (condition being the result of medical treatment), this research examined the discharge status of "temporary" residents discharged from a proprietary nursing home during the first six years of its operation. The research noted the following: the extent to which those residents did not return home; and reasons for their derailment. The results did not support the notion of iatrogenesis. Of 419 residents, 79 were expected to return to the community. Only 16% of those 79 did not. Content analysis of histories, moreover, showed that two chose to remain, four had families who declined to fulfil caregiver roles, and two quickly deteriorated. Even the histories of the five who generally lost the ability to function independently did not suggest institutional life was to blame. (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-930824094
ClassmarkEPI: KX: 7T

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