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Sociodemographic and Health Characteristics of Older Chinese on Admission to a Nursing Home: A Cross-Racial/Ethnic Study

TitleSociodemographic and Health Characteristics of Older Chinese on Admission to a Nursing Home: A Cross-Racial/Ethnic Study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsHuang, Z-B, Neufeld, RR, Likourezos, A, Breuer, B, Khaski, A, Milano, E, Libow, LS
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics SocietyJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Date PublishedMar
ISBN Number0002-8614<br/>1532-5415
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2003-04833-003
Keywords*Chinese Cultural Groups, *Demographic Characteristics, *Health, *Nursing Homes, *Racial and Ethnic Differences, Blacks, Client Characteristics, Cognitive Impairment, Human Male Female Inpatient Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older), Latinos/Latinas, Nursing Homes & Residential Care [3377], sociodemographic characteristics, health characteristics, older Chinese, nursing homes, ethnic groups, health status, cognitive impairment, dementia diagnosis, physical functioning, morbidity, us, Whites
AbstractInvestigates sociodemographic characteristics (SDCs) and health status of older Chinese newly admitted to a New York City nursing home (NH) and compares them with the characteristics of other racial/ethnic group residents. Design was secondary analysis of the admission Minimum Data Set Plus (MDS+). 258 of 292 residents consecutively admitted from November 1992 to May 1997 were selected after excluding those below 60 or transferred from another NH. SDCs, health status parameters and morbidity information were measured. Compared with whites, Chinese were more likely to be married, less likely to have lived alone, more likely to be using Medicaid, less likely to make medical decision alone, and more likely to depend on family members for decision-making. Nearly three-quarters of Chinese had cognitive impairment. There was an underdiagnosis of dementia in the Chinese Ss on admission. Severe dependence in activity of daily living was identified in more than one-third of Chinese. Many of the Chinese Ss were incontinent of bowel and bladder and had chewing or swallowing problems, hypertension, anemia, and stroke. Findings suggest that Chinese residents are as frail as other racial/ethnic residents on admission. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
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