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Competence of Long-Term Care Residence to Participate in Decisions About Their Medical Care: A Brief, Objective Assessment
The Gerontologist
  • Rachel A. Pruchno
  • Michael A. Smyer, Bucknell University
  • Miriam S. Rose
  • Paula E. Hartman-Stein
  • Donna L. Henderson-Laribee
Publication Date
1-1-1995
Volume
35
Issue
5
Abstract
Data from 50 residents of a long-term care facility were used to examine the extent to which performance on a brief, objective inventory could predict a clinical psychologist's evaluation of competence to participate in decisions about medical care. Results indicate that the competence to participate in medical decisions of two-thirds of the residents could be accurately assessed using scores on a mental status instrument and two vignette-based measures of medical decision-making. These procedures could enable nursing home staff to objectively assess the competence of residents to participate in important decisions about their medical care.
Citation Information
Rachel A. Pruchno, Michael A. Smyer, Miriam S. Rose, Paula E. Hartman-Stein, et al.. "Competence of Long-Term Care Residence to Participate in Decisions About Their Medical Care: A Brief, Objective Assessment" The Gerontologist (1995) p. 622 - 629
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/michael_smyer/57/