Interventions in physician-elderly patient interactions

Wayne C. McCormick, Thomas Inui, Debral Roter

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Currently, most research in the area of physician-elderly patient interactions relates to either outcome, context, or interaction styles. There are limited data in the area of intervention studies. The authors recognize five specific areas of interventional research to consider: communication during encounters, characteristics of older patients, physical impairments, physician attributes, and the team approach to health care. Also highlighted are recognition and evaluation of the special needs of elderly patients through geriatric assessment. The authors recognize the need for more intervention studies that attempt to change patient or physician behaviors and the applicability of the classic randomized controlled model of research. Overall, the authors contend that the formation of strong, meaningful relationships between elderly patients and their physicians is best achieved through effective medical communication and care, and thus should be the function of appropriate interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-136
Number of pages34
JournalResearch on Aging
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

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Interventions in physician-elderly patient interactions. / McCormick, Wayne C.; Inui, Thomas; Roter, Debral.

In: Research on Aging, Vol. 18, No. 1, 1996, p. 103-136.

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McCormick, Wayne C. ; Inui, Thomas ; Roter, Debral. / Interventions in physician-elderly patient interactions. In: Research on Aging. 1996 ; Vol. 18, No. 1. pp. 103-136.
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