Competence of long-term care residents to participate in decisions about their medical care: A brief, objective assessment

R. A. Pruchno, M. A. Smyer, M. S. Rose, P. E. Hartman-Stein, D. L. Henderson-Laribee

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)622-629
Number of pages8
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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