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Geriatric Assessment

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(5):720-721. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-104-5-720
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Geriatric assessments attempt to match the needs of older persons with the health care services they receive. There are two types of geriatric evaluations, administrative and clinical, that serve different purposes and use different approaches. Recent evidence however, suggests that policy-oriented assessments are developing rapidly, whereas clinically useful evaluations are evolving more slowly (1-5).

Geriatric assessment for administrative purposes provides a basis for policy decisions on the delivery of appropriate services. Early approaches to geriatric assessments usually measured single dimensions of activity: physical performance, mental function, or self-care abilities. But functioning in one area directly influences functioning in other areas,


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