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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Dianna Sorenson


urinary tract infections, diseases among nursing home patients, diseases among older people


Approximately two million individuals currently reside in 20,000 LTCFs in the United States. The CDC estimates that 1.5 million infections occur in LTCFs each year; this translates to an average of one infection per resident per year. UTI is the most common nosocomial infection among residents of LTCFs. The data from infection control programs of LTCFs have not been routinely analyzed for identification of problems or justification of current practice specific to health care providers.
The purpose of this problem-focused study was to provide a detailed analysis of the practice patterns of health care providers in the assessment, treatment, and evaluation of treatment outcomes pertinent to UTI among elderly residents of LTCFs. The study also attempted to identify commonalties among resident characteristics that existed concomitantly with UTI. A retrospective review of two LTCF's Infection Control Report forms was used to conduct this exploratory study. The purposive sample consisted of 62 subjects age 64 years or older who resided in one of two LTCFs. The subjects had a total of 93 chart-documented UTI occurrences between January 1998 - December 1998.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Urinary tract infections
Nursing home patients -- Diseases
Older people -- Diseases



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