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Table 2 Contribution of CGA to primary-care physicians – factor analysis

From: The contribution of comprehensive geriatric assessment to primary care physicians

  Medical treatment Support and counseling Diagnosis and treatment of cognitive impairment
Identification of new diagnoses for referred patients 0.725 0.111 0.173
Diagnosis of depression 0.753 0.073 0.110
Provision of suitable medication for depression, change of medication for depression, etc. 0.744 0.157 0.084
Adjustment of medication for the illnesses and problems of the elderly patient 0.621 0.237 0.221
Coping with drug interactions 0.686 0.167 0.019
Coping with repeated falls, incontinence and other problems experienced by the patients 0.516 0.405 0.118
Recommendation for tests not yet carried out on the patient 0.635 0.261 0.000
Ability to provide the elderly patient with paramedical treatment such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, etc. 0.480 0.432 0.111
Learning and acquiring experience of diagnosis and treatment of the elderly 0.451 0.298 0.439
Improved responsiveness of the patient to taking the medication s/he needs 0.396 0.630 0.022
Ability to counsel and/or influence the patient to receive home help or supervision 0.261 0.740 -0.002
Ability to counsel and/or influence family members to provide the elderly patient with help or supervision, social services, a foreign care worker, etc. 0.259 0.746 -0.024
Greater satisfaction of the patient and his/her family that you are doing all you can for him/her 0.117 0.631 0.351
To reassure and support the patient and his/her family 0.014 0.698 0.326
Confirmation of the diagnosis you have already made -0.144 0.208 0.587
Diagnosis of cognitive decline, dementia, Alzheimer’s 0.201 0.059 0.686
Medication for cognitive decline, dementia, Alzheimer’s 0.265 -0.017 0.657
  1. Values in bold reflect statements included in the specific domain.