n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Geriatric assessment : main topic
|Article Title||Geriatric assessment : main topic|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||CME : Your SA Journal of CPD|
|Publication Date||Nov 2004|
|Pages||614 - 618|
|Keyword(s)||Geriatric assessment, Geriatric syndromes, Quality of life and Screening questionnaire|
Geriatric assessment (GA) is a multidimensional screening tool. <br>GA serves to detect overlooked areas of importance for the older person. <br>GA is also used to detect the presence of geriatric syndromes and non-medical issues of relevance to elderly. <br>Pre-visit self-rating questionnaires (e.g. Barthel index) are time saving and useful. <br>A standard questionnaire during consultation will cover the majority of the needs of the older individual. <br>Use of a limited number of standardised rating scales will enable the practitioner to screen effectively. <br>In-home assessment can reveal crucial information that would not otherwise have been procured. <br>Quality of life issues are of prime importance for all older individuals and should always be taken into account.
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