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Hidden in plain sight: medical visit companions as a resource for vulnerable older adults.

Authors
  • Wolff, Jennifer L
  • Roter, Debra L
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archives of Internal Medicine
Publisher
American Medical Association
Publication Date
Jul 14, 2008
Volume
168
Issue
13
Pages
1409–1415
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1001/archinte.168.13.1409
PMID: 18625921
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Visit companions are commonly present in older adults' routine medical encounters, actively engaged in care processes, and influential to patients' satisfaction with physician care. More systematic recognition and integration of visit companions in health care processes may benefit quality of care for a particularly vulnerable patient population.

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