Cognitive decline after elective and nonelective hospitalizations in older adults.


From the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center (B.D.J., R.S.W., A.W.C., P.A.B., R.C.S., M.L., D.A.B., J.A.S.), Departments of Internal Medicine (B.D.J.), Neurological Sciences (R.S.W., A.W.C., M.L., D.A.B., J.A.S.), Behavioral Sciences (R.S.W., P.A.B.), Family Medicine (R.C.S.), and Pathology (J.A.S.), Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL; Center for Quality of Aging (E.W.E.), Vanderbilt Medical School, Nashville; Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine (E.W.E.), Vanderbilt University, Nashville; and Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) (E.W.E.), Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, Nashville, TN. [Email]


To determine whether emergent and urgent (nonelective) hospitalizations are associated with faster acceleration of cognitive decline compared to elective hospitalizations, accounting for prehospital decline.