Knowledge About Aging among Physicians

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Ninety-nine practicing physicians, house officers, and medical students were given a brief questionnaire assessing knowledge of geriatric issues. These subjects underestimated the average life expectancy of 75-year-old women by a mean of five years. Half of the respondents estimated the half-life of diazepam to be 12 hours or less, compared to the correct answer of approximately 70 hours. Half of the respondents stated that they would not treat with antihypertensive medications a 75-year-old woman with a blood pressure of 200/80. Those who would not treat underestimated to a greater extent the life expectancy of 75-year-old women than those who would treat (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)234-243
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Gerontology
  • Community and Home Care
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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