The purpose of this study was to determine if a patient’s discharge destination could be predicted by information available upon the physical therapy initial evaluation using the Physical Assessment Key (PAK). There were 141 subjects (58 male, 83 female) included in this study and their ages ranged from 19 to 89 years (mean age=57.1 years). Each subject was given a PAK score on the day of the initial physical therapy evaluation and on the day of discharge from the hospital. The PAK evaluates a patient in the areas of transfer activities, self-care activities, locomotion and excretion management. A patient was discharged to one of four discharge destinations: home independent, home with physical therapy, skilled nursing facility, or rehabilitation. A significant difference was found in the initial PAK score means of those discharged to rehabilitation and those discharged to the other three discharge destinations. The initial PAK score was the most significant predictor of a patient’s discharge destination.
Key Words: Prediction, Discharge, Destination, Physical, Assessment
School of Allied Health Professions
W. William Hughes
Grenith J. Zimmerman
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
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Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings
Patient Discharge; Physical Therapy.
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Chung, Wendy L. and Vieten, Kimberly A., "Prediction of Discharge Destination from Initial Physical Therapy Assessment using the Physical Assessment Key (PAK)" (1998). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 799.
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