Psychologists in Geriatric Medicine: Results of a National Survey

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Physician directors of geriatric medicine fellowship programs (N = 51) were surveyed on their current and desired involvement with psychologists, perceived areas of expertise of psychologists, comparisons of psychologists with overlapping health care professions, and factors limiting involvement of psychologists in geriatric medicine. Results indicate that psychologists are quite involved in most geriatric medicine training programs and that directors of these programs welcome their greater involvement. Significantly, psychologists and psychiatrists are rated as similar in expertise in most areas of clinical practice. Neuropsychological assessment and family therapy are areas of psychologist expertise that are seen as especially valuable. Factors that may increase psychologist involvement in geriatric medical settings and the special importance of medical settings for the care of older patients are discussed.

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