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Physicians' assessment of cognitive capacity. Failure to meet the needs of the elderly.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3942449     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The major task of medicine with the geriatric population is to assist with the promotion of a vigorous quality of life and maintenance of function. The key to functioning is cognitive capacity. Evidence is offered that physicians are still not assessing their patients' intellectual functioning, despite its importance not just for coping, but also for the very maintenance of life. Dementia and delirium are too frequently missed. Deficits in attitude, skill, and knowledge all contribute to this failure. It must be addressed in medical education, both in medical school and in postgraduate medical education.
J R McCartney
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of internal medicine     Volume:  146     ISSN:  0003-9926     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Intern. Med.     Publication Date:  1986 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-01-24     Completed Date:  1986-01-24     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372440     Medline TA:  Arch Intern Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  177-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Clinical Competence
Cognition Disorders / diagnosis*
Delirium / diagnosis
Dementia / diagnosis
Diagnostic Errors
Physician's Role*

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