Clare Bostock is a consultant geriatrician in Aberdeen. In this blog, she looks at issues around ‘date of birth’ and ageism.
It sounds very clichéd to say that I ignore date of birth, and it is not strictly true. I routinely check the date of birth of patients for two key reasons: identification, and as a test of cognition (4AT). The truth is, however, that I don’t think age is important and so I often don’t know how old my patients actually are!