Background: Hospitalisation in nonagenarians patients may causes functional decline.
Patients and method: The study sample included all nonagenarians patients admitted during three months in two teaching hospitals.
Results: We studied 125 patients (24 [19%] died). In the remaining 101 patients the previous Barthel index (BI) was 75, at admission 33 (p < 0.0001), and at discharge 43 (p < 0.001). The decline in BI at discharge was remarkable ( 32; p < 0.0001) and persisted after 3 months (12, p < 0.003).
Conclusion: After three months of hospitalisation in nonagenarians patients persist a functional decline.