Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 9, Issue 10, pp 590–592

Functional disability screening of ambulatory patients

A randomized controlled trial in a hospital-based group practice
  • David R. Calkins
  • Lisa V. Rubenstein
  • Paul D. Cleary
  • Allyson R. Davies
  • Alan M. Jette
  • Arlene Fink
  • Jacqueline Kosecoff
  • Roy T. Young
  • Robert H. Brook
  • Thomas L. Delbanco
Brief Report

DOI: 10.1007/BF02599291

Cite this article as:
Calkins, D.R., Rubenstein, L.V., Cleary, P.D. et al. J Gen Intern Med (1994) 9: 590. doi:10.1007/BF02599291
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Abstract

The authors conducted a randomized controlled trial of functional disability screening in a hospital-based internal medicine group practice. They assigned 60 physicians and 497 of their patients to either an experimental or a control group. Every four months the patients in both groups completed a self-administered questionnaire measuring physical, psychological, and social function. The experimental group physicians received reports summarizing their patients’ responses; the control group physicians received no report. At the end of one year the authors found no significant difference between the patients of the experimental and control group physicians on any measure of functional status. Functional disability screening alone does not improve patient function.

Key words

activities of daily livingambulatory caremass screeningfunctional disability

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© Society of General Internal Medicine 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • David R. Calkins
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Lisa V. Rubenstein
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
  • Paul D. Cleary
    • 2
    • 3
  • Allyson R. Davies
    • 8
  • Alan M. Jette
    • 9
  • Arlene Fink
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
  • Jacqueline Kosecoff
    • 4
    • 5
  • Roy T. Young
    • 4
    • 5
  • Robert H. Brook
    • 4
    • 5
    • 7
  • Thomas L. Delbanco
    • 2
    • 10
  1. 1.the New England Deaconess HospitalBoston
  2. 2.the Harvard Medical SchoolBoston
  3. 3.the Harvard School of Public HealthBoston
  4. 4.the University of CaliforniaLos Angeles
  5. 5.School of MedicineLos Angeles
  6. 6.the Sepulveda VA Medical CenterSepulveda
  7. 7.RANDSanta Monica
  8. 8.the New England Medical CenterBoston
  9. 9.the New England Research InstituteWatertown
  10. 10.the Beth Israel HospitalBoston
  11. 11.Division of General Internal MedicineNew England Deaconess HospitalBoston