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September 16, 1974

Quality of Physicians' Office-Care Performance: Different for Elderly Than for Younger Adults?

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 1974;229(12):1621-1622. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230500039023

Office records of 904 patient visits during six weeks in 1970 were examined for conformance to predetermined optimal standards of physician performance in seven categories of diagnoses or conditions. No overall evidence was found that primary-care physicians performed differently for the elderly than for younger adult patients in the office setting.

(JAMA 229:1621-1622, 1974)