• Patricia Sawyer, PhD is a medical sociologist with research interests focused on the study of mobility and the ability to remain independent with age, with a particular focus on disparities among older community-dwelling African American and Whites. She is an Associate Professor in the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is Director of the UAB Gerontology Education Program, Associate Director of the UAB Geriatric Education Center, and co-PI of the UAB Study of Aging, a longitudinal study of mobility among community-dwelling older adults. She also serves as Research Advisor for the Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2019 Determination of the Minimal Important Change in the Life-Space AssessmentJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  67:565-569. 2019
    2019 Life-Space Predicts Health Care Utilization in Community-Dwelling Older AdultsJournal of Aging and Health.  31:280-292. 2019
    2018 A comparison of urban and non-urban African American older adults on health-related characteristicsSocial Work in Health Care.  57:762-773. 2018
    2018 Prevalence and predictors of co-occurring diabetes and hypertension in community-dwelling older adultsGeriatrics and Gerontology International.  18:1356-1360. 2018
    2018 Can you detect early dementia from an email? A proof of principle study of daily computer use to detect cognitive and functional declineInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.  33:867-874. 2018
    2018 Utilizing Geriatrics-Focused Web-Based Continuing Education to Reach Practitioners in Rural PracticeTechTrends.  62:286-295. 2018
    2018 Factors That Contribute to Recovery of Community Mobility After Hospitalization Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults.Journal of Applied Gerontology.  733464818770788. 2018
    2018 Associations of Multimorbid Medical Conditions and Health-Related Quality of Life among Older African American MenJournals of Gerontology, Series B.  73:258-266. 2018
    2018 Association Between Executive Dysfunction and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living: Racial and Ethnic Differences Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults in the Southeastern US.Journal of the National Medical Association2018
    2018 Life-space mobility and clinical outcomes in COPDInternational Journal of COPD.  13:2731-2738. 2018
    2018 Racial Differences in Associations of Perceived Health and Social and Physical Activities With Advance Care Planning, End-of-Life Concerns, and Hospice KnowledgeAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  35:34-40. 2018
    2017 Impact of Driving Cessation on Trajectories of Life-Space Scores Among Community-Dwelling Older AdultsJournal of Applied Gerontology.  36:1433-1452. 2017
    2017 Life-Space Mobility Change Predicts 6-Month MortalityJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  65:833-838. 2017
    2017 ED Utilization and Self-Reported Symptoms in Community-Dwelling Older AdultsJournal of Emergency Nursing.  43:57-69. 2017
    2016 Neighborhood Disadvantage and Life-Space Mobility Are Associated with Incident Falls in Community-Dwelling Older AdultsJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  64:2218-2225. 2016
    2016 Impact of Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalization on Mobility Among Community-Dwelling Older AdultsAmerican Journal of Medicine.  129:1124.e9-1124.e15. 2016
    2016 Ficolin-2 inhibitors are present in sera after prolonged storage at -80 °CPeerJ.  2016. 2016
    2016 Life-Space Assessment composite score rationaleClinical Rehabilitation.  30:95-97. 2016
    2015 An examination of lower extremity function and its correlates in older African American and white menEthnicity and Disease.  25:271-278. 2015
    2015 The impact of veteran status on life-space mobility among older black and white men in the deep southEthnicity and Disease.  25:255-262. 2015
    2015 Advancing Geriatric Education: Development of an Interprofessional Program for Health Care FacultyGerontology and Geriatrics Education.  36:365-383. 2015
    2015 Association between neighborhood disadvantage and hypertension prevalence, awareness, treatment, and control in older adults: Results from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Study of AgingAmerican Journal of Public Health.  105:1181-1188. 2015
    2015 The Association Between Life-Space and Health Care Utilization in Older Adults with Heart FailureJournals of Gerontology, Series A.  70:1442-1447. 2015
    2015 The interprofessional clinical experience: Interprofessional education in the nursing homeJournal of Interprofessional Care.  29:170-172. 2015
    2014 Religiosity After a Diagnosis of Cancer Among Older AdultsJournal of Religious Gerontology.  26:357-369. 2014
    2014 Community mobility among older adults with reduced kidney function: A study of life-spaceAmerican Journal of Kidney Diseases.  63:429-436. 2014
    2014 Benzodiazepine (BZD) Use in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Longitudinal Associations with Mobility, Functioning, and PainArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics.  59:331-337. 2014
    2014 Comparison of in-person and telephone administration of the mini-mental state examination in the University of Alabama at Birmingham study of agingJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  62:1928-1932. 2014
    2014 Life-space mobility declines associated with incident falls and fracturesJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  62:919-923. 2014
    2014 Nutritional risk and body mass index predict hospitalization, nursing home admissions, and mortality in community-dwelling older adults: Results from the UAB study of aging with 8.5 years of follow-upJournals of Gerontology, Series A.  69:1146-1153. 2014
    2014 Race and Sex Differences in Correlates of Systolic Blood Pressure in Community-Dwelling Older Adults.Journal of health disparities research and practice.  7:32-50. 2014
    2013 Racial and sex differences in associations between activities of daily living and cognition in community-dwelling older adultsJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  61:2174-2180. 2013
    2013 Predicting the Trajectories of Perceived Pain Intensity in Southern Community-Dwelling Older Adults: The Role of ReligiousnessResearch on Aging.  35:643-662. 2013
    2013 Measuring symptoms in community-dwelling older adults: The psychometric properties of a brief symptom screenMedical Care.  51:949-955. 2013
    2013 Religiosity and Function Among Community-Dwelling Older Adult Survivors of CancerJournal of Religious Gerontology.  25:311-325. 2013
    2013 Symptom burden predicts nursing home admissions among older adultsJournal of Pain and Symptom Management.  46:591-597. 2013
    2013 Functional status, life-space mobility, and quality of life: A longitudinal mediation analysisQuality of Life Research.  22:1621-1632. 2013
    2013 Life-space mobility predicts nursing home admission over 6 yearsJournal of Aging and Health.  25:907-920. 2013
    2013 Physical impairment is associated with nursing home admission for older adults in disadvantaged but not other neighborhoods: Results from the UAB study of agingGerontologist.  53:641-653. 2013
    2013 Creation of an interprofessional clinical experience for healthcare professions trainees in a nursing home settingMedical Teacher.  35:544-548. 2013
    2013 Indicators of childhood quality of education in relation to cognitive function in older adulthoodJournals of Gerontology, Series A.  68:198-204. 2013
    2013 Dietary patterns and diet quality among diverse older adults: The university of Alabama at Birmingham study of agingJournal of Nutrition, Health and Aging.  17:19-25. 2013
    2012 Symptom burden predicts hospitalization independent of comorbidity in community-dwelling older adultsJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  60:1632-1637. 2012
    2012 Inflammatory biomarkers as predictors of hospitalization and death in community-dwelling older adultsArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics.  54. 2012
    2012 The influence of community and the built environment on physical activityJournal of Aging and Health.  24:384-406. 2012
    2012 Wearing the Garment of Widowhood: Variations in Time Since Spousal Loss Among Community-Dwelling Older AdultsJournal of Women and Aging.  24:126-139. 2012
    2012 Life-space mobility in Mexican Americans aged 75 and olderJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  60:532-537. 2012
    2012 Predicting the trajectories of depressive symptoms among southern community-dwelling older adults: The role of religiosityAging and Mental Health.  16:189-198. 2012
    2012 Visual acuity's association with levels of leisure-time physical activity in community-dwelling older adultsJournal of Aging and Physical Activity.  20:1-14. 2012
    2011 Heart failure is a risk factor for incident driving cessation among community-dwelling older adults: Findings from a prospective population studyJournal of Cardiac Failure.  17:1035-1040. 2011
    2011 Intrinsic association of widowhood with mortality in community-dwelling older women and men: Findings from a prospective propensity-matched population studyJournals of Gerontology, Series A.  66 A:1360-1368. 2011
    2011 Predictors of overnight hospital admission in older African American and caucasian medicare beneficiariesJournals of Gerontology, Series A.  66 A:910-916. 2011
    2011 Self-reported teenage body size and heart failure in adults ≥ 65 years of ageInternational Journal of Cardiology.  149:401-402. 2011
    2011 Impact of chronic kidney disease on activities of daily living in community-dwelling older adultsJournals of Gerontology, Series A.  66 A:689-694. 2011
    2011 Predictors of 4-year retention among African American and white community-dwelling participants in the UAB Study of agingGerontologist.  51. 2011
    2011 Oral health - Related quality of life and life-space mobility in community-dwelling older adultsJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  59:512-518. 2011
    2011 Response letter to Dr. LisiJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  59:162-163. 2011
    2010 Normative performance on an executive clock drawing task (CLOX) in a community-dwelling sample of older adultsArchives of Clinical Neuropsychology.  25:610-617. 2010
    2010 Incidence and risk factors for fecal incontinence in black and white older adults: A population-based studyJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  58:1341-1346. 2010
    2010 [Life-space of community-dwelling older adults using preventive health care services in Japan and the validity of composite scoring methods for assessment].Nippon K¿sh¿ Eisei Zasshi ==.  57:526-537. 2010
    2010 Predictive Validity of the Classification Schema for Functional Mobility Tests in Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Decline Among Older AdultsArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  91:241-246. 2010
    2010 Transportation difficulty of black and white rural older adultsJournal of Applied Gerontology.  29:70-88. 2010
    2010 Diabetes and Cognitive Decline: Investigating the Potential Influence of Factors Related to Health DisparitiesJournal of Aging and Health.  22:292-306. 2010
    2010 Prevalence and correlates of nocturia in community-dwelling older adultsJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  58:861-866. 2010
    2010 Understanding the reasons for the underuse of pneumococcal vaccination by community-dwelling older African AmericansJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  58:2323-2328. 2010
    2009 Trajectories of life-space mobility after hospitalizationAnnals of Internal Medicine.  150:372-378. 2009
    2008 Marital status and health: Exploring pre-widowhoodJournal of Palliative Medicine.  11:848-856. 2008
    2008 Religiousness and longitudinal trajectories in elders' functional statusResearch on Aging.  30:279-298. 2008
    2008 Population Based Study of Incidence and Predictors of Urinary Incontinence in Black and White Older AdultsJournal of Urology, The.  179:1449-1454. 2008
    2008 Correlates of urinary, fecal, and dual incontinence in older African-American and white men and womenJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  56:285-290. 2008
    2008 Education and reading ability in relation to differences in cognitive screening between African American and Caucasian older adultsInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.  23:222-223. 2008
    2008 Life-space and cognitive decline in a community-based sample of African American and Caucasian older adultsJournals of Gerontology, Series A.  63:1241-1245. 2008
    2008 Unintentional weight loss predicts decline in activities of daily living function and life-space mobility over 4 years among community-dwelling older adultsJournals of Gerontology, Series A.  63:67-75. 2008
    2007 Association between aspects of oral health-related quality of life and body mass index in community-dwelling older adultsJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  55:1808-1816. 2007
    2007 A cluster analysis typology of religiousness/spirituality among older adultsResearch on Aging.  29:163-183. 2007
    2007 Body mass index, weight loss, and mortality in community-dwelling older adultsJournals of Gerontology, Series A.  62:1389-1392. 2007
    2007 Self-reported health and driving cessation in community-dwelling older driversJournals of Gerontology, Series A.  62:789-793. 2007
    2007 Substantial Daily Pain Among Nursing Home ResidentsJournal of the American Medical Directors Association.  8:158-165. 2007
    2006 Pain and pain medication use in community-dwelling older adultsAmerican Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy.  4:316-324. 2006
    2006 The relationship between sociodemographic factors and oral health-related quality of life in dentate and edentulous community-dwelling older adultsJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  54:1701-1712. 2006
    2006 The feminization of bereavement among community-dwelling older adultsJournal of Women and Aging.  18:3-18. 2006
    2006 The UAB study of aging: Background and insights into life-space mobility among older Americans in rural and urban settingsAging Health.  2:417-429. 2006
    2005 Nonspousal family loss among community-dwelling older adultsOMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying.  51:125-142. 2005
    2005 Assessing mobility in older adults: The UAB Study of Aging Life-Space AssessmentPhysical Therapy.  85:1008-1019. 2005
    2005 Prevalence and correlates of fecal incontinence in community-dwelling older adultsJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  53:629-635. 2005
    2005 Social isolation, support, and capital and nutritional risk in an older sample: Ethnic and gender differencesSocial Science and Medicine.  60:747-761. 2005
    2004 Racial similarities and differences in predictors of mobility change over eighteen monthsJournal of General Internal Medicine.  19:1118-1126. 2004
    2004 Depression and Religiosity in African American and White Community-Dwelling Older AdultsJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment.  10:175-189. 2004
    2003 Measuring Life-Space Mobility in Community-Dwelling Older AdultsJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.  51:1610-1614. 2003
    2003 Religiosity and mental health in southern, community-dwelling older adultsAging and Mental Health.  7:390-397. 2003
    2002 A Life-Space Approach to Functional Assessment of Mobility in the ElderlyJournal of Gerontological Social Work.  35:35-55. 2002


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    2010 Resilience in mobility in the context of chronic disease and aging: Cross-sectional and prospective findings from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) study of aging.  310-339. 2010

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology, University of Alabama at Birmingham 1996
  • Master of Social or Behavioral Sciences in Sociology, University of Alabama at Birmingham 1993
  • Bachelor's Degree in Spanish Language Teacher Education, University of California System : Los Angeles 1966
  • Full Name

  • Patricia Sawyer