Underreporting of behavioral problems in older hospitalized patients

Helen D. Davies, Ruth O'Hara, Martin S. Mumenthaler, Erin L. Cassidy, Martha Buffum, Janise M. Kim, Claire E. Danielsen, Art Noda, Helena C. Kraemer, Javaid I. Sheikh

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This descriptive study examined reports of behavioral problems among older patients hospitalized in acute care medical settings. Greater numbers of behavioral problems were reported by nursing staff on the Neuropsychiatric Inventory-Questionnaire than were documented in medical charts over the same time period. Such underreporting may have clinical and administrative implications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-538
Number of pages4
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2005



  • Acute care
  • Behavioral disturbance
  • Older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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Davies, H. D., O'Hara, R., Mumenthaler, M. S., Cassidy, E. L., Buffum, M., Kim, J. M., Danielsen, C. E., Noda, A., Kraemer, H. C., & Sheikh, J. I. (2005). Underreporting of behavioral problems in older hospitalized patients. Gerontologist, 45(4), 535-538. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/45.4.535