Comorbidities and hospitalizations among LTSS recipients

For seniors receiving long-term services and support (LTSS), chronic conditions matter. Specifically, heart and lung conditions.

Researchers from New York University explored the relationship between multiple chronic conditions and hospitalizations among LTSS recipients in a new study published in the journal Nursing Research.

Statistical analysis found combinations of likely-occurring comorbidities increased some people’s chance of being hospitalized. People with cardiopulmonary conditions had the highest number of hospitalizations. They were also found more likely to be male, live in a nursing home and identified race as black/other; Medicaid beneficiaries were over represented in that category.

“Ultimately, new care management strategies are needed to meet the desires and needs of persons living with multiple chronic conditions that limit their capacity for self-care,” said principal investigator Janet H. Van Cleave, PhD, RN, assistant professor at the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing in a study news release.

Van Cleave and her team conducted the analysis using existing data from a National Institute on Aging and National Institute of Nursing Research funded study.

Topics: Clinical