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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Marcelline Harris


cerebrovascular disease patients, cerebrovascular disease long-term care


This study explored changes in functional status of CVA patients admitted to South Dakota long term care facilities. Data elements within the Minimum Data Set Plus of South Dakota associated with function were examined. MDS+ assessments completed on admission of CVA patients to long term care facilities were compared to annual MDS+ assessments. The proportion of "independent" codes for all ADL tasks increased between initial and annual assessments. The proportion of "dependent" codes for all ADL tasks but locomotion also increased. In general, the amount of support provided to residents by staff decreased between initial and annual assessments in the tasks of bed mobility, transfers, locomotion, dressing, eating, toilet use and hygiene.
A secondary purpose of the study was to critique the usefulness and accessibility of the MDS+ data components in evaluating outcomes. The inclusion of unique patient identifiers in the database at South Dakota State University was identified as a major need to facilitate further studies using this database.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Cerebrovascular disease -- Patients -- Rehabilitation
Cerebrovascular disease -- Patients -- Long-term care -- South Dakota



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University


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