n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Geriatric assessment : main topic

Volume 22, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



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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