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Translated title of the contribution: The care requirements of residents in Danish nursing homes

Anne Marie Beck, Karin Damkjær, Kiddy El Kholy, Marianne Schroll

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Introduction: An increasing number of elderly remain in their own homes longer. The purpose of this study was to assess the care requirements of elderly in nursing homes. Materials and methods: 441 nursing home residents from 11 Danish nursing homes were assessed by means of Minimum Data Set (MDS). The results from one nursing home were compared with an equal assessment performed in 1992-1993. Results: Up to two thirds of the residents had decreased cognitive functions and up to 50% were totally dependent with regard to physical functions. Approximately 50% received antidepressants or analgesics every day. The comparison showed an increase in the prevalence of residents with impaired physical and cognitive performance and an increased use of different medications. Conclusion: The results suggest that elderly people in nursing homes today require more care than a decade ago. This change has consequences for staff and health care resources.

Translated title of the contributionThe care requirements of residents in Danish nursing homes
Original languageDanish
JournalUgeskrift for Laeger
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)749-752
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes


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