Christine T. Cigolle, MD, MPH; Kenneth M. Langa, MD, PhD; Mohammed U. Kabeto, MS; Zhiyi Tian, MA, MS; Caroline S. Blaum, MD, MS
Note: An early version of this paper was presented at the 2004 Gerontological Society of America National Meeting in Washington, D.C.
Acknowledgments: The authors thank Tisha L. Moore for her assistance with manuscript preparation and development of the tables.
Grant Support: By a John A. Hartford Foundation pilot grant to Dr. Cigolle and a John A. Hartford Foundation grant to the Society of General Internal Medicine (2002–0013). Dr. Cigolle was supported by a National Research Service Award Institutional Training Grant (University of Michigan Institute of Gerontology) from the National Institute on Aging (5T32AG000114); by a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Aging (1F32AG027649-01); and by the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center. Dr. Langa was supported by a Career Development Award from the National Institute on Aging (K08 AG19180) and a Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars in Aging Research Award. Dr. Blaum was supported by the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center and a National Institute on Aging grant (R01:AG021493-01). The National Institute on Aging provided funding for the Health and Retirement Study (U01 AG09740), data from which were used in this study.
Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.
Requests for Single Reprints: Christine T. Cigolle, MD, MPH, University of Michigan, 300 North Ingalls, Room 919, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.
Current Author Addresses: Dr. Cigolle and Ms. Tian: University of Michigan, 300 North Ingalls, Room 919, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.
Dr. Langa: University of Michigan, 300 North Ingalls, Room 7E01, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.
Mr. Kabeto: University of Michigan, 300 North Ingalls, Room 7B10-12, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.
Dr. Blaum: University of Michigan, 300 North Ingalls, Room 914, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.
Author Contributions: Conception and design: C.T. Cigolle, M.U. Kabeto, C.S. Blaum.
Analysis and interpretation of the data: C.T. Cigolle, K.M. Langa, M.U. Kabeto, Z. Tian, C.S. Blaum.
Drafting of the article: C.T. Cigolle, C.S. Blaum.
Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: C.T. Cigolle, K.M. Langa, C.S. Blaum.
Final approval of the article: C.T. Cigolle, K.M. Langa, C.S. Blaum.
Statistical expertise: M.U. Kabeto, Z. Tian, C.S. Blaum.
Obtaining of funding: C.T. Cigolle, K.M. Langa, C.S. Blaum.
Administrative, technical, or logistic support: C.S. Blaum.
Collection and assembly of data: C.T. Cigolle, M.U. Kabeto, Z. Tian.
Cigolle CT, Langa KM, Kabeto MU, Tian Z, Blaum CS. Geriatric Conditions and Disability: The Health and Retirement Study. Ann Intern Med. 2007;147:156-164. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-147-3-200708070-00004
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2007;147(3):156-164.
Geriatric conditions, such as incontinence and falling, fall outside the traditional disease model of clinical medicine and thus may be overlooked in the care of older adults (1). Yet, these conditions are a necessary focus for geriatricians in their management of patients. A recent American Geriatrics Society statement includes “expertise in the diagnosis and care” of geriatric conditions among its core attributes and competencies (2). Although certain geriatric conditions have been studied extensively, the aggregate effect of those conditions on health and disability in the older adult population has not been investigated.
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