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The Comparison of Functional Status and the Level of Health Care Needs in Elderly Koreans in Health Care Institutions
Hyun Sil Kim, Young Mi Jung, Hung Sa Lee, Yoo Hyang Cho, In Young Yoo
J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs. 2010;21(4):386-397.   Published online December 31, 2010
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The purpose of this study was to compare functional status and the level of health care needs in elderly Koreans in health care institutions.
Data were collected from 2,521 elderly patients admitted in 50 health care institutions (hospitals, oriental hospitals, geriatric hospitals, and health care facilities) selected through proportional stratified sampling in 2008. We used a long-term care (LTC) assessment tool developed by the government, which consists of 52 items with 5 subscales.
Statistically significant differences were detected in functional status and the level of health care needs among the subjects in different health care institutions. Of the sample population in geriatric hospitals, 48.9% were eligible for LTC Category 1, 20.9% for Category 2, and 17.2% for Category 3, and 13.1% of the subjects were not eligible for any of the categories. Of the sample population in health care facilities, 29.9% were eligible for LTC Category 1, 20.5% for Category 2, and 21.8% for Category 3, and 27.0% of the subjects were not eligible for any of the categories.
The findings of this study indicate the necessity of the development of an evaluation system that helps determine whether a subject is eligible for LTC.


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Depression and Quality of Life in Korean Elders
Hung Sa Lee, Hyun Sil Kim, Young Mi Jung
J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs. 2009;20(1):12-22.   Published online March 31, 2009
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This study was done to investigate factors associated with depression and quality of life (QoL) among the community-dwelling elderly.
This study used a descriptive correlational research design. The subjects were 730 elders aged over 65 living in D district of Daegu. Data were collected using questionnaires for 30 days in April, 2007. The research instruments utilized in this study were a physical function scale of long-term care insurance system, Geriatric Depression Scale Short Form Korea Version (GDSSF-K), and Korean Quality of Life Scale (KoQoLs). The collected data were analyzed by descriptive statistics, t-test, ANOVA, Duncan, stepwise multiple regression, and Spearman correlation.
The mean age of the subjects was 72.6, and 68.8% and 57.9% of subjects were, respectively, female and living alone. 12.3% of variance in depression was explained by age, education, economic status, subjective health, alcohol consumption, condition of teeth, and fall experience. 18.2% of variance in QoL was explained by economic status, number of diseases, condition of teeth, incontinence, paralysis, and IADL. Economic status and condition of teeth were contributing factors to depression and QoL of the elderly.
Findings of this study may be useful in understanding the health status of the community-dwelling elderly and developing more regionally specific health promotion strategies.

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