Underreporting of behavioral problems in older hospitalized patients

Gerontologist. 2005 Aug;45(4):535-8. doi: 10.1093/geront/45.4.535.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • California
  • Geriatric Assessment*
  • Humans
  • Inpatients / psychology*
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Veterans