Depressive symptomatology in late life is a serious problem too often overlooked and the hospital stay may even aggravate or unmask it, thus interfering negatively with the outcome of rehabilitation treatments. On the contrary, resilience, that is, the ability to copy with adverse events such as hospitalization, is important to obtain a satisfactory functional recovery through rehabilitation. The aim of this prospective observational study is to investigate the relationship between resilience and rehabilitative intervention in patients who have undergone orthopedic surgery in post-acute. In two different moments, at admission and discharge, patients (N = 84; mean age = 74,5, SD = 8) were administered the following instruments: Resilience Scale, WHO Quality of Life, Multidimensional Prognostic Index, Functional Independence Measure. Data analysis showed that patients with high levels of both resilience and physical/psychosocial well-being at admission reach a greater functional independence at discharge. Results highlight the importance of an early identification and treatment of depressive symptoms in elderly in order to improve the condition and the collaboration within the rehabilitation process.
Keywords: Depression, resilience, quality of life, orthopedics, rehabilitation.
Francesca Beacco, Luciana Sciumè, Federica Chiozzi, Paola Iannello, Anna Mottini, Alessandro Antonietti, Lorenzo Panella, Patient frailty in rehabilitation hospital for orthopedic surgery: the role of resilience in "RICERCHE DI PSICOLOGIA " 2/2015, pp. 305-327, DOI:10.3280/RIP2015-002002