Risk Assessment and Identification

Published in: The Encyclopedia of Elder Care: The Comprehensive Resource on Geriatric and Social Care / Edited by Mathy D. Mezey, Melissa M. Bottrell, Et al. (New York: Springer Publishing Company, 2001), p. 577-579

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2001

by Debra Saliba, Martha S. Waite

In this encyclopedia entry, the authors review the role of risk assessment in allowing clinicians to target services and interventions to individuals, especially for frail elders. They describe three general groups of functional status measures associated with increased risk for functional decline, institutionalization, and death, and then explore the effect of various socioeconomic factors on elder risk.

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