Anthony N. Galanos, MD
To the Editors: Calkins and colleagues (1) reported that, overall, physicians underestimated or failed to recognize 66% of the functional disabilities reported by their patients (1). Interestingly, physicians were most likely to underestimate or fail to recognize patients' difficulty in doing "social activities," an area not given high priority in the review of systems. Still, physicians, particularly the housestaff, grossly underestimated disabilities with respect to the basic and instrumental activities of daily living. This is consistent with previous studies showing that not only physicians but nursing staff and relatives are also unaware of the severity of the disabilities suffered by
Galanos AN. Underestimating Disability. Ann Intern Med. ;115:70. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-1-70_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(1):70.
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