The Impact of Home Health Physical Therapy on Medicare Beneficiaries With a Primary Diagnosis of Dementia
By: Dr. Abe Kopolovich, DPT, MBA, JD-IP
Background: Dementia is a leading cause of disability for adults older than 65 years. Exercise intervention slows functional decline and improves balance; however, the efficacy of physical therapy (PT) services for persons with dementia is unknown. The purpose of this study is to assess the effect of home health PT services on physical function for Medicare beneficiaries with a primary diagnosis of dementia.
Design: Observational cohort study using a combined Medicare data set of home health beneficiaries; we performed augmented inverse probability weighted regression with demographic, comorbidity, and symptom-level characteristics analyzed as covariates.
Conclusion: PT intervention is beneficial for ADL function improvement in Medicare home health beneficiaries with a primary diagnosis of dementia. J Am GeriatrSoc 68:867-871, 2020.
Keywords: dementia; home health; physical function; physical therapy; propensity score.
© 2020 The American Geriatrics Society.
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