Background The risk of pressure ulcers in beneficiaries of long-term care insurance is expected to increase in South Korea's aging society. However, those who stay at home may not be managed appropriately with regard to pressure ulcer development. Here, we examined the relationship between home-visit nursing services and hospitalization related to pressure ulcers among beneficiaries with pressure ulcers in home-care settings. Methods We analyzed National Aging Cohort data from 2008 to 2013. The study population was defined as those who required nursing care for pressure ulcers and received home-care services at least once under long-term care insurance. Logistic regression analysis using generalized estimating equation models was performed to examine the association between home-visit nursing services and hospitalization related to pressure ulcers. Results Among 4,807 beneficiaries with pressure ulcers, 859 (17.9%) were admitted to hospitals during the study period. The use of home-visit nursing services was associated significantly with a lower risk of hospitalization (odds ratio = 0.68, 95% confidence interval = 0.49-0.93; reference, no use). This association was especially strong in beneficiaries with mildly impaired mobility and cognitive function. Conclusions Given the protective role of home-visit nursing services in the management of long-term care insurance beneficiaries with pressure ulcers who stay at home, healthcare professionals need to consider effective strategies for the activation of home-visit nursing services in South Korea.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health