Comprehensive geriatric assessment--its clinical, social and economic importance and prospects

J. Feldman, L. Peleg, A. Yaretzky

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Abstract

It is well known that many elderly patients are referred to nursing homes because of "functional decline" without being thoroughly investigated. We studied 9 elderly patients, all referred to hospital due to functional decline and diagnosed as follows: spinal stenosis--2 cases, depression--3, thyrotoxicosis--1, Parkinson--1, polypharmacy and congestive heart failure--1 patient each. Proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment prevent unnecessary hospitalization in nursing homes. Our study is meant to draw attention to this crucial aspect of geriatric medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)933-935, 1003
JournalHarefuah
Volume136
Issue number12
StatePublished - 15 Jun 1999
Externally publishedYes

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