To assess the outcome of rehabilitation of older patients in a district rehabilitation centre.
Prospective observational study.
A total of 202 patients aged = 65 years rehabilitated at a Norwegian district inpatient rehabilitation centre, referred from district hospital, nursing homes or their own homes. Diagnoses were: stroke, arthrosis, hip fracture and other chronic diseases.
Admission: according to rehabilitation potential.
multidisciplinary team including an experienced general practitioner.
Sunnaas Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Index (SI).
Umea Life Satisfaction Checklist (LSC). Cognitive (Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE)), emotional (Symptom Check List-10) and marital status, residence, length of stay and hours/week private and home care services were recorded.
SI increased significantly during the mean 3.1 weeks stay (mean 4.2, 95% confidence interval 3.5, 4.8), p