Research on Capitol Hill

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College of Science


Chemistry and Biochemistry Department

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Elizabeth B. Fauth


Previous studies have suggested that disability in activities of daily living (ADLs) is an outcome of cognitive impairment, physical limitations, psychosocial factors, and environmental constraints. We hypothesis that cognitive abilities and psychosocial factors measured at admission can be used to predict a patients physical therapy progression in a transitional care facility. Environmental conditions were held constant for all patients and physical limitations were not used as a predictor of therapy progression, as the test for therapy progression is based on physical ability. In a sample of adults (n=93) aged 38-98 receiving physical rehabilitation treatment, we collected Minimum Data Set (MDS) data, St. Louis University Mental Status (SLUMS) exam scores, and 6 Minute Walk Test (6MWT) scores for each participant from a local transitional care facility. Linear regression models indicated that cognitive ability (SLUMS score B=.420; p

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