Alzheimer disease and associated disorders 2017 03 14() doi 10.1097/WAD.0000000000000183
The aim of this study was to assess rural-urban differences and temporal trends in length of inpatient stay among patients diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and related dementia (ADRD).
MATERIALS AND METHODS
The study sample comprised 27,313 ADRD and 27,313 matched non-ADRD inpatient discharges from Nebraska hospitals from 2005 to 2011. Descriptive statistics and multivariable regression models were used to assess rural-urban variations and temporal trends in length of stay (LOS).
LOS was found to be similar for ADRD and non-ADRD-related hospitalizations. No rural-urban differences in LOS were observed for ADRD-related hospitalizations. However, there was a temporal decline in LOS for ADRD-related hospitalizations.
LOS for ADRD-related hospitalizations was found to be influenced mostly by patient-level demographic and clinical factors. Hospital-level factors were not associated with LOS.