Usefulness of prognosis studies in clinical decision making with older adults

Bottom line: Currently, there is no evidence that indices for predicting mortality in older adults improves clinical outcomes.

Details: Yourman LC, et al. Prognostic indices for older adults: a systematic review. JAMA. 2012 Jan 11;307(2):182-92.

Systematic review of validated prognostic indices; looked at potential for bias and generalizability to populations in other settings.  CONCLUSION:  More research needs to be done by independent authors to validate and test generalizability.

See accompanying editorial on use of prognostic indices: Gill TM. The Central Role of Prognosis in Clinical Decision Making. JAMA. 2012 January 11;307(2)

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