The aim of this research was to study the clinical characteristics and mortality and disability outcomes of
patients who present distinct risk profiles for functional decline at admission.
A multicenter, prospective cohort study was conducted between 2006 and 2009 in three hospitals in the Netherlands in consecutive patients of 65 years and over, acutely admitted and hospitalized for at least 48 hours. Nineteen geriatric conditions were assessed at hospital admission, and mortality and functional decline were assessed until twelve months after admission. Patients were divided into risk categories for functional decline (low, intermediate or high risk) according to the Identification of Seniors at Risk-Hospitalized Patients.