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Assessing the risk of IADL tasks from the perspective of medically-at-risk older adults and their caregivers / Jennifer Gaudy.

Author/creator Gaudy, Jennifer
Other author/creatorDickerson, Anne.
Other author/creatorEast Carolina University. Department of Occupational Therapy.
Format Theses and dissertations, Electronic, and Book
Publication Info[Greenville, N.C.] : East Carolina University, 2009.
Description115 pages : digital, PDF file.
Supplemental Content Access via ScholarShip
Series ECU College of Allied Health Sciences thesis
ECU College of Allied Health Sciences thesis. UNAUTHORIZED
Summary The purpose of this study was to was to understand the impact of chronic disease on the functional ability of older adults by determining which instrumental activities of dialing living (IADL) are most meaningful and may pose a safety hazard for the medically-at-risk older adult who plans to live independently. Data was collected through individual interviews with twelve older adults and their caregivers. The participants had to be recently discharged from a hospital due to their chronic disease that include heart disease, stroke, COPD, dementia, or diabetes. Data analysis indicates that the most important IADLs were driving, managing medication, cooking, and phone use. Participants reported all IADL tasks affected by chronic disease except managing finances and phone use. Qualitative results revealed discrepancy between the caregiver's and participant's perception of driving ability which leads to concerns for safety. It is also suggested there may be safety concerns with medication management. Further examination and research should compare older adults' perception of functional performance and actual performance of IADL tasks.
General notePresented to the faculty of the Department of Occupational Therapy.
General noteAdvisor: Anne Dickerson.
General noteTitle from PDF t.p. (Viewed May 7, 2010).
Dissertation noteM.S. East Carolina University 2009.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references.
Technical detailsSystem requirements: Adobe Reader.
Technical detailsMode of access: World Wide Web.

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