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June 25, 2003

Measuring Functional Status and Disability in Older Adults—Reply

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(24):3239-3240. doi:10.1001/jama.289.24.3239-a

In Reply: We thank Dr Allaire for drawing our attention to the inconsistency in our description of her study. Nevertheless, we used the accurate information, as described in Table 2, to assign ratings. We evaluated 10 distinct features of each study and assigned a summary rating of "poor" if 2 or more features were found to be lacking. Even discounting field work changes as minor or biased in a favorable direction, as suggested by Allaire, the study's selective samples and use of only 2 observation points mean that it is limited for the purpose of assessing general trends.

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