Changing Characteristics of Psychiatrists Who Treat Geriatric Patients

Christopher C. Colenda, Marion Zucker Goldstein, Harold Pincus, Thomas Dial, John Lyons, David B. Larson

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The authors used the 1982 and 1988–89 American Psychiatric Association's Professional Activities Surveys (PAS) to describe changes in selected characteristics of United States psychiatrists treating patients age 65 and older. High geriatric case volume (HGCV) categories were considered if these exceeded 20% during the last typical full work week. The authors compared selected demographic and work-setting variables across surveys and generated a logit multivariate regression model to predict geriatric case volume. Between 1982 and 1988–89, the overall proportion of psychiatrist respondents reporting HGCVs increased by 98.6%, with significant increases for all demographic and most primary work-setting categories. The analysis suggests that during the 1980s the proportion of American psychiatrists reporting HGCVs increased across a broad range of demographic and work-setting categories, but growth in case volume in outpatient service settings lagged behind.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-338
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1995

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by NIMH Grant 85-MO43907301D , by a grant from the American Psychiatric Association, and by NIMH Geriatric Mental Health Academic Award K07-MH00787 to Dr. Colenda. The views expressed in this article reflect those of the authors and are not official positions of the American Psychiatric Association or the Department of Health and Human Services.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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