Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: In their systematic review of
recent trends in disability and functioning among older adults, Dr Freedman
and colleagues1 rated the methodological
quality of our study2 as "poor." I am concerned
that some of the information cited in the text to justify the rating is inaccurate.
In the text, they describe a change in mode of administration in our study
as "in-person to over the telephone." In fact, the actual change occurred
with the offspring cohort: from interviewer administration in the original
Framingham Heart Study cohort to self-administration in the offspring cohort.
Also in their text, Freedman et al reported that we made "extensive question
changes." Those changes, in fact, were made only in questions about activities
of daily living (ADL). Although in both cases, Freedman et al provided correct
information in their Table 2, the text used to justify the rating was incorrect.
Allaire SH. Measuring Functional Status and Disability in Older AdultsMeasuring Functional Status and Disability in Older Adults. JAMA. 2003;289(24):3239. doi:10.1001/jama.289.24.3239-a