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Table 2 Functional status of patients of all practices in the years 1997 (N = 198) und 2004 (N = 261)

From: Characteristics and trends in required home care by GPs in Austria: diseases and functional status of patients

Year 1997 2004 1997 2004 1997 2004
  Yes In part No
  n (%)* n (%)* n (%)*
Oriented(time) 116 (58.6) 182 (69.7) 31 (15.7) 51 (19.5) 51 (25.8) 28 (10.7)
Oriented(location) 143 (72.2) 213 (81.6) 26 (13.1) 33 (12.6) 29 (14.6) 15 (5.7)
Mobile(complete) 42 (21.2) 67 (25.7) 19 (9.6) 44 (16.9) 137 (69.2) 150 (57.5)
Mobile with support 85 (42.9) 148 (56.7) 26 (13.1) 46 (17.6) 87 (44.0) 67 (25.7)
Bedridden 45 (22.7) 27 (10.3) 29 (14.6) 39 (14.9) 124 (62.6) 195 (74.7)
Incontinent 97 (49.0) 91 (34.9) 26 (13.1) 56 (21.5) 75 (37.9) 114 (43.7)
Able to communicate 175 (88.4) 232 (88.9) 10 (5.1) 18 (6.9) 13 (6.6) 11 (4.2)
Able to dress by themselves 69 (34.8) 125 (47.9) 32 (16.2) 80 (30.6) 97 (49.0) 56 (21.5)
Personal hygiene 46 (23.2) 79 (30.3) 45 (22.7) 91 (34.9) 107 (54.0) 91(34.9)
Ability to eat by themselves 136 (68.7) 208 (79.7) 30 (15.2) 29 (11.1) 32 (16.2) 24 (9.2)
Ability to take medication by themselves 57 (28.8) 118 (45.2) 22 (11.1) 38 (14.6) 119 (60.0) 105 (40.2)
Danger of falls 155 (78.3) 185 (71.0) 19 (9.6) 22 (8.4) 24 (12.1) 54 (20.7)
Frequency of home care visits (provided by relatives or health care professionals)
Year 1997 2004  
Number of home care visits per day n (%) n (%)  
1x/day 11 (5.8) 49 (20.3)  
2x/day 22 (11.5) 59 (24.5)  
3x/day 43 (22.5) 38 (15.8)  
Continuous care 115 (60.2) 95 (39.4)  
Sum 191†(100) 241†(100)  
  1. *All percentage rates apply to the totality of cases N = 198 (1997) and N = 261 (2004)
  2. †It was only possible to assess the number of home care visits in 191 of 198 patients (1997) and in 241 of 261 patients (2004)