Instruments to Assess Functional Status
The essence of geriatric practice is the expert management of a patient’s needs. To accomplish this goal, a geriatric team must translate its knowledge about a patient’s functional abilities and limitations, psychological state, social supports, and personal preferences into recommendations that often have far-reaching effects on a patient’s life style. This requires a physician to become involved in collecting, synthesizing, interpreting, and weighing a formidable amount of patient-specific information. Much of this information differs, in kind, from laboratory values, physical signs and symptoms, and radiology results, which are combined to reach a medical diagnosis.
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