Author Contributions: Dr Fialová had
full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the
integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
Study concept and design: Fialová, Topinková,
Gambassi, Jónsson, Carpenter, Bernabei.
Acquisition of data: Fialová, Topinková,
Finne-Soveri, Jónsson, Carpenter, Sørbye, Wagner.
Analysis and interpretation of data: Fialová,
Topinková, Gambassi, Finne-Soveri, Carpenter, Schroll, Onder, Reissigová.
Drafting of the manuscript: Fialová,
Gambassi, Finne-Soveri, Carpenter.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important
intellectual content: Fialová, Topinková, Gambassi, Finne-Soveri,
Jónsson, Carpenter, Schroll, Onder, Sørbye, Wagner, Reissigová,
Statistical analysis: Fialová, Reissigová.
Obtained funding: Topinková, Finne-Soveri,
Administrative, technical, or material support:
Topinková, Finne-Soveri, Jónsson, Carpenter, Wagner, Bernabei.
Study supervision: Fialová, Topinková,
Gambassi, Finne-Soveri, Schroll, Onder, Sørbye, Bernabei.
Financial Disclosures: None reported.
Funding/Support: Our study is an ancillary
study of the European AdHOC (Aged in Home Care) project, supported by the
EU Commission under the Vth Framework Programme (contract QLRT 2000-00002).
Role of the Sponsors: The EU Commission had
no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis,
and interpretation of the data; or in the preparation, review, or approval
of the manuscript.
Acknowledgment: We acknowledge the interRAI
Corporation and interRAI fellows, all investigators of the AdHOC project,
and project coordinators from AdHOC countries not participating in this ancillary
study: Vjenka Garms-Homolová, PhD, Institute for Health Service Research,
Berlin, Germany; Jean-Claude Henrard, MD, Federal Institute of Research, Paris,
France; and Gunnar Ljunggren, MD, PhD, Centre for Gerontology and Health Economics,
Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.