Brief assessments and screening for geriatric conditions in older primary care patients: a pragmatic approach.

TitreBrief assessments and screening for geriatric conditions in older primary care patients: a pragmatic approach.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsSeematter-Bagnoud, L, Büla, C
JournalPublic health reviews
Volume39
Pagination8
Date Published2018
DOI10.1186/s40985-018-0086-7
Type of Articlereview
ISSN0301-0422
Mots-clés(3–10) Screening, Geriatric Assessment, Older adults, Primary Care
Abstract

This paper discusses the rationale behind performing a brief geriatric assessment as a first step in the management of older patients in primary care practice. While geriatric conditions are considered by older patients and health professionals as particularly relevant for health and well-being, they remain too often overlooked due to many patient- and physician-related factors. These include time constraints and lack of specific training to undertake comprehensive geriatric assessment. This article discusses the epidemiologic rationale for screening functional, cognitive, affective, hearing and visual impairments, and nutritional status as well as fall risk and social status. It proposes using brief screening tests in primary care practice to identify patients who may need further comprehensive geriatric assessment or specific interventions.

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29744236?dopt=Abstract

Alternate JournalPublic Health Rev
Citation Key / SERVAL ID8870
Peer reviewRefereed
PubMed ID29744236
PubMed Central IDPMC5928588
                         

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