Resident characteristics associated with wandering in nursing homes

TitleResident characteristics associated with wandering in nursing homes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsKiely D.K, Morris J.N, Algase D.L
JournalInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Date PublishedNov
Accession Number11113981
Keywords*alzheimer disease/di [Diagnosis], *Mental Disorders/di [Diagnosis], *Orientation, *Social Environment, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Alzheimer Disease/px [Psychology], Female, Human, Long-Term Care, Male, Mental Disorders/px [Psychology], Mental Recall, Nursing Homes, Risk Factors, Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

OBJECTIVES: This retrospective cohort study examined the association between resident characteristics and the development of wandering behavior. METHODS: Subjects included a total of 8982 residents from the states of Mississippi, Texas, and Vermont who had baseline and 3-month follow-up Minimum Data Set assessments between 1 January 1996 and 31 December 1997. RESULTS: Residents who had a short-term memory problem (Odds Ratio (OR) = 3.05), had pneumonia (OR = 3.15), asked repetitive questions (OR = 2.19), had a long-term memory problem (OR = 2.06), exhibited dementia (OR = 19.4), constipation (OR = 1.82), expressed sadness or pain (OR = 1.65), and used antipsychotic medication (OR = 1.70), were at an increased risk for developing wandering behavior compared to residents without these characteristics. Residents with functional impairment (OR = 0.28) and women (OR = 0.61) were less likely to develop wandering behavior. CONCLUSIONS: Results of this study may be useful in constructing causal theories for the development of wandering behavior. Copyright 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Short TitleInternational journal of geriatric psychiatryInt J Geriatr Psychiatry
Alternate JournalInt J Geriatr Psychiatry