9 Care of Older Adults

This section of our curriculum guide refers to statement 9, Care of Older Adults, produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

The UK has an ageing population and so the care of older people will make up a higher proportion of a GP’s workload. Co-morbidity, difficulties in communicating, the problems of polypharmacy and the need for additional support for the increasingly dependent patients, are important issues in the care of older people.
GPs and the primary care team have an important role to play in the delivery of improvements in the care of older people.

Here we have collated key articles from our journals to help you meet the curriculum requirements in this area.

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Alzheimer's disease - clinical review

Alzheimer's disease - clinical review

Pitfalls in making a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, The National Dementia Strategy...

Medication reviews in nursing homes

Medication reviews in nursing homes

Advice on conducting medication reviews in nursing homes with the aim of improving...

CSA troubleshooting: 1 - Consulting with elderly patients

CSA troubleshooting: 1 - Consulting with elderly patients

In the first of a 10-part series, Dr MeiLing Denney outlines problem areas for CSA...

CSA troubleshooting: 7 - Home visits
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CSA troubleshooting: 7 - Home visits

Home visit cases in the CSA are a problem area for some candidates. By Dr MeiLing...

Assessment of older people
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Assessment of older people

The pitfalls of assessing older patients and case studies of good multidisciplinary...

Red flag symptoms: Delirium

Red flag symptoms: Delirium

A carer's account is valuable when assessing the acutely confused.

Falls in older people

Falls in older people

GPs' role in management of falls in the elderly.

GPs demand funding for complex patients as care homes vow to stop retainer fees
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GPs demand funding for complex patients as care homes vow to stop retainer fees

Enhanced services funding must rise to help practices cope with the increasingly...

GPs urged to ignore NICE diabetes advice when treating frail elderly

GPs urged to ignore NICE diabetes advice when treating frail elderly

GPs should consider stopping diabetes treatment in frail elderly patients to improve...

Practices to earn £55 per extra patient diagnosed with dementia
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Practices to earn £55 per extra patient diagnosed with dementia

Practices signed up to an enhanced service are to be offered £55 per extra patient...

GMC elderly care advice for GPs stresses importance of continuity of care
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GMC elderly care advice for GPs stresses importance of continuity of care

GPs need to adapt the care they provide to meet the 'clinical, emotional and psychological...

Eight step guide in the detection of early dementia
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Eight step guide in the detection of early dementia

Arthur Kaufman offers a guide to interviewing patients with suspected early dementia.

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