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Health Care Proxies May Overestimate, Underestimate Patient Symptoms Depending on Circumstance

July 15, 2022

Older patients suffering from cognitive decline may have trouble conveying physical and mental health information to their doctor. So, they bring a friend or family member to help them out and make sure the information they're sharing is correct. But sometimes there is a disconnect between what patients and proxies report leaving doctors confused. In this week’s episode, I speak with Dr. Kurt Kroenke, scientists at the Regenstrief Institute who tells me there are certain circumstances when proxies may overestimate or underestimate the symptoms of the patients they are responsible for.