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Underreporting of Behavioral Problems in Older Hospitalized Patients

Helen D. Davies, Ruth O'Hara, Martin S. Mumenthaler, Erin L. Cassidy, Martha Buffum, Janise M. Kim, Claire E. Danielsen, Art Noda, Helena C. Kraemer and Javaid I. Sheikh

in The Gerontologist

Published on behalf of The Gerontological Society of America

Volume 45, issue 4, pages 535-538
Published in print August 2005 | ISSN: 0016-9013
Published online August 2005 | e-ISSN: 1758-5341 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/geront/45.4.535
Underreporting of Behavioral Problems in Older Hospitalized Patients

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This descriptive study examined reports of behavioral problems among older patients hospitalized in acute care medical settings. Greater numbers of behavioral problems were reported by nursing staff on the Neuropsychiatric Inventory–Questionnaire than were documented in medical charts over the same time period. Such underreporting may have clinical and administrative implications.

Keywords: Acute care; Behavioral disturbance; Older adults

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Subjects: Geriatric Medicine ; Biological Sciences ; Psychology ; Gerontology and Ageing

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