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February 25, 1974

The Quality of Physicians' Health-Care Performance: A Comparison Against Optimal Criteria for Treatment of the Elderly and Younger Adults in Community Hospitals

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychology (Dr. Lyons), Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, and the School of Medicine (Dr. Payne), The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

JAMA. 1974;227(8):925-928. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230210035007

Comparisons of the quality of physicians' performances against optimal criteria of care were made within 15 diagnostic categories for 808 patients over 64 years old and for 1,243 younger adult patients hospitalized in 22 short-term, community hospitals in Hawaii during 1968. There was no overall consistent evidence that hospitalized elderly patients were treated by their physicians with a different level of personal medical care than were younger adult patients.