English-speaking background and its relationship with length of stay in elderly patients admitted to a subacute setting: a retrospective study

Ankit Gupta, Kerith Sharkey, Stephanie Alison Ward, Barbara Workman

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Introduction: Despite the resource implications of extended inpatient stays, the impact of a non-English speaking background (NESB) on length of stay (LOS) has not been studied in the subacute geriatric population. We investigated the relationship between language background and LOS in elderly subacute inpatients. Method: A retrospective file audit of subacute inpatients (aged=75) was conducted. LOS, language background, interpreter requirement, comorbidities, functional status (Functional Independence Measure (FIM)), history of dementia/delirium, and discharge destination were noted. Results: 121 records were audited. 45 (37 ) were identified as NESB with a median LOS of 21 days [IQR 13.0, 41.0] compared to 19 days for patients with an ESB [IQR 8.8, 35.8]. The median LOS for NESB patients who required an interpreter (n=24) was 27.5 [IQR 14.4, 44.8] compared to 17.0 [IQR 10.0, 40.0] for those who did not (n=21). There were no statistically significant differences in LOS found between ESB patients and NESB patients who required an interpreter (p=0.272), or NESB patients who required and did not require an interpreter (p=0.232). When short LOS patients (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61 - 64
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Medical Student Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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