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Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 861613, 10 pages
Research Article

Predictors of Inpatient Utilization among Veterans with Dementia

1Houston VA HSR&D Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, (MEDVAMC 152), 2002 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX 77030, USA
2Baylor College of Medicine, One Baylor Plaza, Houston, TX 77030, USA
3Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston, 6411 Fannin, TX 77030, USA
4The University of Texas School of Public Health, 1200 Herman Pressler, Rm. E-343, Houston, TX 77030, USA
5Margaret Blenkner Research Institute, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, 11890 Fairhill Road, Cleveland, OH 44120, USA
6Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115, USA
7Center for Mental Health and Aging and Department of Psychology, The University of Alabama, P.O. Box 870315, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, USA
8Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center, 3701 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404, USA
9VA South Central Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (A Virtual Center), USA

Received 24 February 2014; Revised 2 May 2014; Accepted 6 May 2014; Published 29 May 2014

Academic Editor: Julie Byles

Copyright © 2014 Kyler M. Godwin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Dementia is prevalent and costly, yet the predictors of inpatient hospitalization are not well understood. Logistic and negative binomial regressions were used to identify predictors of inpatient hospital utilization and the frequency of inpatient hospital utilization, respectively, among veterans. Variables significant at the level were subsequently analyzed in a multivariate regression. This study of veterans with a diagnosis of dementia () and their caregivers found marital status to predict hospitalization in the multivariate logistic model (, ) and personal-care dependency to predict hospitalization and readmission in the multivariate logistic model and the multivariate negative binomial model (, , , and , resp.). Persons with dementia with personal-care dependency and spousal caregivers have more inpatient admissions; appropriate care environments should receive special care to reduce hospitalization. This study was part of a larger clinical trial; this trial is registered with NCT00291161.