MARSHALL B. KAPP, J.D., M.P.H.
To the editor: In their discussion of geriatric medicine Weksler and associates (1) endorse the concept of an interprofessional team that provides care for the older patient. These authors reject, however, the idea of the patient's personal physician as team leader or case manager. The reasons they cite in terms of relative expertise, demands, and resources are appealing.
It is important, however, that this argument not be taken too far. The inappropriateness of the physician as the ideal case manager should not be interpreted to be an excuse for the physician to abdicate a role in the nonmedical aspects of
KAPP MB. In Charge of Geriatric Care. Ann Intern Med. 1984;100:620. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-100-4-620_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;100(4):620.
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