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Gerontologist. 2005 Aug;45(4):535-8.

Underreporting of behavioral problems in older hospitalized patients.

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  • 1Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, 3801 Miranda Avenue, 116F, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. hddavies@stanford.edu


This descriptive study examined reports of behavioral problems among older patients hospitalized in acute care medical settings. Greater numbers of behavioral problems were reported by nursing staff on the Neuropsychiatric Inventory-Questionnaire than were documented in medical charts over the same time period. Such underreporting may have clinical and administrative implications.

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