Geriatric Rehabilitation

What Do Physicians Know About It and How Should They Use It?

Published in: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, v. 42, no. 3, Mar. 1994, p. 341-347

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1993

by Helen Hoenig, Allison Mayer-Oakes, Hilary C. Siebens, Arlene Fink, Kenneth Brummel-Smith, Lisa V. Rubenstein

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This paper addresses the following questions: (1) What are the definitions and clinical approach that primary care physicians should use to evaluate geriatric functional disability and the potential need for rehabilitation? (2) What is the current state of primary care physicians' knowledge, education, and use of geriatric rehabilitation? (3) What is the reimbursement currently available for geriatric rehabilitation, and how might this affect rehabilitation use by primary care physicians?

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