BVAMCBirmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Alabama)
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We are indebted to the patients and nurses at the BVAMC who participated in this study.
Subjects were recruited from patients admitted to the Medicine Service of the BVAMC. The following process was used to identify, recruit, and enroll subjects: using the computerized patient record system (CPRS), we excluded patients who were <60 years of age, as well as patients who lived more than 75 miles from the BVAMC, had a diagnosis of dementia, or had a medical condition that would preclude participation in the study (including comatose condition, residence in a nursing home, or being bed or wheelchair bound).
Abbreviations: ADL = activities of daily living, APS = Acute Physiology Score, BVAMC = Birmingham Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, CPRS = computerized patient record system, IRB = institutional review board, PI = principal investigator, RCT = randomized controlled trial, SD = standard deviation, VA = Department of Veterans Affairs.
We are indebted to the patients at the BVAMC who participated in this study.