Reducing hydration-linked events in nursing home residents... including commentary by Godkin D

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Clin Nurs Res

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Clinical nursing research

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The authors used a quasi-experimental treatment and control group design with 49 participants from four nursing homes to test the effectiveness of an 8-week hydration intervention in reducing hydration-linked events (HLEs). A Kaplan Meier survival curve with log rank test was calculated to determine incidence and time to occurrence of a HLE. Incidence of and time to a HLE did not differ between the treatment and control groups over an 8-week period (p > .05). However, treatment group participants were found to be more frail, more cognitively impaired and more at risk for acute confusion than the control group participants. Although there were no statistically significant differences between the groups, it is clinically significant that the frailer, more at-risk participants in the treatment group had a lower incidence of HLEs.


Fluid-Electrolyte Balance -- In Old Age, Nursing Home Patients, Long Term Care, Gerontologic Nursing, Dehydration -- Prevention and Control -- In Old Age, Dehydration -- Complications -- In Old Age, Urinary Tract Infections -- Prevention and Control -- In Old Age, Respiratory Tract Infections -- Prevention and Control -- In Old Age, Quasi-Experimental Studies, Kaplan-Meier Estimator, Dehydration -- Risk Factors, Mann-Whitney U Test, Fluid Intake-Output Measures, Data Analysis Software, Urinalysis, Geriatric Depression Scale, Psychological Tests, Nursing Homes, Iowa, Record Review, Geriatric Functional Assessment, Medical Records, Respiratory Tract Infections -- Epidemiology, Urinary Tract Infections -- Epidemiology, Convenience Sample, Purposive Sample, Nonparametric Statistics, Confusion -- Epidemiology, Depression, Descriptive Statistics, Sample Size, Nursing Interventions, Aged, Aged, 80 and Over, Inpatients, Male, Funding Source, Female, Human

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Clinical nursing research, 12:3 (2003) pp.210-228.

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