Health and Public Policy Committee*
The American College of Physicians believes that maintenance of patients' functional well-being is a fundamental goal of medical practice. Assessment of the impact of illness on physical, mental, and psychosocial functioning is an essential element of clinical diagnosis, a major determinant of therapeutic choices, a measure of their efficacy, and a guide in the planning of long-term care for the dependent elderly.
Although most elderly noninstitutionalized adults are functionally competent, the percentage who need help doing everyday activities doubles with each successive decade up to age 84, and triples between ages 85 and 94 (1). Although physicians may identify these
Health and Public Policy Committee*. Comprehensive Functional Assessment for Elderly Patients. Ann Intern Med. 1988;109:70–72. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-109-1-70
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