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J R Coll Gen Pract. 1986 September; 36(290): 422–423.
PMCID: PMC1960518

A model to describe social performance levels in elderly people


In elderly patients illness clearly affects both their social activity and their ability to care for themselves. It is important in general practice to recognize this effect when managing old people with acute and chronic illness. A model is described which aims to facilitate estimations of social performance at various levels. By carrying out this estimation the type of `social' help needed can be better assessed. The model's usefulness in anticipatory care is also described.

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