The Health Professional-Geriatric Patient Interaction Behavior Rating Code

Developers: R Adelson R., A Nasti, JN Sprafkin, R Marinelli, LH Primavera, BS Gorman

Year of publication: 1982

Date last updated: 7 June 2024

Setting in which the tool was originally developed/validated: Geriatric care

Restriction to setting(s): Aged patients: "to rate and score objectively those behaviors that are components of a positive interpersonal relating style with aged patients" = geriatric patients

Target group: Geriatric care

Language(s): English


Specific constructs/behaviours:

1)Uses patient's name: whether first, last, or full name, and/or by whatever title patient prefers to be called
2)Banter: engages patient in conversation
3)Asks for feedback: gives choices, develops options for the patient, asks if something hurts or how it feels
4) Gives procedural information: warns patient of upcoming sensation, touch, taste, or smell.
5) Compensates for disabilities: adapts to patient's impairment, for example, loss of hearing, sight, or other physical disabilities.
6)Social touches: physical contact that is an expression of affection, comfort, reassurance, or concern, and not considered procedural.
7) Attends to patient comfort: expressesconcern for the patient's ease and is sensitive to the needs of the patient.
8)Amount of Appropriate Smiling: too little- adequate-very good
9)Pacing of Procedure
10) Pacing of Speech: too fast-too slow-just right

Tool topics:

Facilitative communication / stimulating patient activation
Gathering information/listening
General communication behavior / Overall communication behavior
Information asking / requests for information / question asking (patient)
Information giving / providing information / explanation and planning
Non-verbal communication

Intended application: Research

Reference(s) to development/validation paper(s):

Adelson R, Nasti A, Sprafkin JN, Marinelli R, Primavera LH, Gorman BS. Behavioral Ratings of Health Professionals' Interactions with the Geriatric Patient. The Gerontologist. 1982 Jun;22(3):277-281.

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Tool/manual available: No. (N/A)