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Relocation puts elderly nursing home residents at risk of stress, although the stress is short lived

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Q What are the effects of moving elderly people to a new nursing home?


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Randomised controlled trial.

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Long term nursing homes in greater Philadelphia and Horsham, Pennsylvania between June 2001 and spring 2002.

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77 nursing home residents aged 65 and over.

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Participants were divided into two groups: residents moving to a new nursing home, and residents remaining in the Philadelphia nursing home. Baseline measurements were recorded in July and August 2001. Residents were moved during fall 2001, measurements were taken 1 week before moving, and 1 week and 4 weeks after moving.

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Mini-Mental State Examination scores, Observed Affect Rating Scale scores, salivary cortisol, blood pressure, and pulse.

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Outcomes were assessed 1 week before the move, and 1 week and 4 …

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