Table 2

Potential candidate predictors from information obtained at baseline

ComorbiditiesCharlson Comorbidity Index (CCI)
Medication burdenNumber of drugs before index hospitalisation
Body mass index (BMI)Ratio of weight (kg)/square of height (m2)
Weight lossLost weight during last year (yes/no)
SmokingCurrent smoker (yes/no)
HospitalisationNumber of hospitalisations during last year
Activities of daily living (ADL)Barthel Index: bathing, bladder control, bowel control, dressing, feeding, grooming, mobility, stairs, toilet use, transfer
Generic health statusEQ-5D score: mobility, self-care, usual activities, pain/discomfort and anxiety/depression
FallsNumber of falls during last year
NursingNursing home residency (yes/no)