Functional disability screening of ambulatory patients
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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.
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Journal of General Internal Medicine
Volume 9, Issue 10 , pp 590-592
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- activities of daily living
- ambulatory care
- mass screening
- functional disability
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- Dr. David R. Calkins MD, MPP (1) (2) (3)
- Lisa V. Rubenstein MD, MSPH (5) (6) (7) (8)
- Paul D. Cleary PhD (2) (3)
- Allyson R. Davies PhD (9)
- Alan M. Jette PhD (10)
- Arlene Fink PhD (5) (6) (7)
- Jacqueline Kosecoff PhD (5) (6)
- Roy T. Young MD (5) (6)
- Robert H. Brook MD, ScD (5) (6) (8)
- Thomas L. Delbanco MD (11) (2)
- Author Affiliations
- 1. the New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
- 2. the Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
- 3. the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
- 5. the University of California, Los Angeles
- 6. School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California
- 7. the Sepulveda VA Medical Center, Sepulveda, California
- 8. RAND, Santa Monica, California
- 9. the New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
- 10. the New England Research Institute, Watertown, Massachusetts
- 11. the Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts