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Table 1 Characteristics of participants in the study

From: Longitudinal construct validity of the minimum data set health status index

Patient characteristics No. (%)
n = 25,182
Demographic Characteristics
 Age (Mean ± SD) 77.91 ± (13.54)
 Sex (F) 16,512 (65.6%)
 Lives Alone 8846 (35.1%)
Health Characteristics
 ADL Impairmenta 11,436 (45.4%)
 Cognitive Impairmentb 15,431 (60.9%)
 Dyspnea 6440 (25.6%)
 Poor Self-Reported Health 4806 (19.1%)
 Fall in last 90 Days 10,447 (41.5%)
 Mood Symptomsc 9831 (39.0%)
 Wandering 521 (2.1%)
 Aggressive Behaviourd 1920 (7.6%)
 Weight Losse 2098(8.3%)
 Number of Medications (Mean ± SD) 7.41 ± (2.30)
Informal Caregiver Status
 Caregiver express distressf 4568 (18.1%)
 Information Care Hours per Day (Mean ± SD) 2.67 ± (2.99)
Diagnoses
 Cardiovascular 12,629 (50.2%)
 Dementia 5628 (22.3%)
 Neurological 2526 (10.0%)
 Musculoskeletal 16,662 (66.2%)
 Psychiatric 4591 (18.2%)
 Cancer 2818 (11.2%)
 Diabetes 6542 (26.0%)
 COPD 4379 (17.4%)
Count of Chronic Conditionsg
 0 888 (3.5%)
 1 3249 (12.9%)
 2 5629 (22.4%)
 3 6395 (25.4%)
 4 4675 (18.6%)
 5 2639 (10.5%)
 6 1145 (4.6%)
 7+ 562 (2.2%)
  1. a ADL Hierarchy Scale > 0
  2. b Cognitive Performance Scale > 0
  3. c Depression Rating Scale > 0
  4. d Verbal abuse, physical abuse, socially inappropriate behaviour, or resistance to care in last 3 days
  5. e Unintended weight loss of 5% or more in the last 30 days or 10% or more in the last 180 days
  6. f Caregiver expresses feelings of distress, anger, or depression
  7. g Includes: Stroke, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, hypertension, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, osteoporosis, psychiatric diagnosis, cancer, diabetes, emphysema, and renal failure