Attitudes of psychiatrists toward elderly patients.

American Journal of Psychiatry

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Ford CV, Sbordone RJ. Attitudes of psychiatrists toward elderly patients. Am J Psychiatry. 1980;137(5):571-5.
A group of 179 psychiatrists responded to a questionnaire requesting their opinions concerning four clinical vignettes. Analysis of their responses indicated that these psychiatrists, at a highly statistically significant level, regarded older patients as less ideal for their practices than younger patients with identical symptoms. The respondents viewed the older patients as having a poorer prognosis, and their treatment plans for them were less likely to emphasize psychotherapy. In general, there was a negative correlation between the age of the respondent psychiatrists and their estimate of the "idealness" of and favorable prognosis for older patients.