Physical Function Does Not Predict Care Assessment Need Score in Older Veterans.
Journal Article (Journal Article)
Objective: The Veterans Health Administration's Care Assessment Need (CAN) score is a statistical model, aimed to predict high-risk patients. We were interested in determining if a relationship existed between physical function and CAN scores. Method: Seventy-four older (71 ± 1 years) male Veterans underwent assessment of CAN score and subjective (Short Form-36 [SF-36]) and objective (self-selected walking speed, four square step test, short physical performance battery) assessment of physical function. Results: Approximately 25% of participants self-reported limitations performing lower intensity activities, while 70% to 90% reported limitations with more strenuous activities. When compared with cut points indicative of functional limitations, 35% to 65% of participants had limitations for each of the objective measures. Any measure of subjective or objective physical function did not predict CAN score. Conclusion: These data indicate that the addition of a physical function assessment may complement the CAN score in the identification of high-risk patients.
- Serra, MC; Addison, O; Giffuni, J; Paden, L; Morey, MC; Katzel, L
- March 2019
Volume / Issue
- 38 / 3
Start / End Page
- 412 - 423
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
- United States