Rating chronic medical illness burden in geropsychiatric practice and research: Application of the Cumulative Illness Rating Scale

  title={Rating chronic medical illness burden in geropsychiatric practice and research: Application of the Cumulative Illness Rating Scale},
  author={Mark D. Miller and Cynthia F. Paradis and Patricia R. Houck and Sati Mazumdar and Jacqueline A. Stack and Aicha Hind Rifai and Benoit H. Mulsant and Charles F. Reynolds},
  journal={Psychiatry Research},
Reliable quantitative ratings of chronic medical illness burden have proved to be difficult in geropsychiatric practice and research. Thus, the purpose of the study was to demonstrate the feasibility and reliability of a modified version of the Cumulative Illness Rating Scale (CIRS; Linn et al., 1968) in providing quantitative ratings of chronic illness burden. The modified CIRS was operationalized with a manual of guidelines geared toward the geriatric patient and for clarity was designated… Expand

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