Physical Function Does Not Predict Care Assessment Need Score in Older Veterans.

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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.

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Cited Authors

  • Serra, MC; Addison, O; Giffuni, J; Paden, L; Morey, MC; Katzel, L

Published Date

  • March 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 38 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 412 - 423

PubMed ID

  • 28380717

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5498256

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-4523

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0733464817690677


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States