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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Prescribing in older people

Prescribing in older people

Appropriate prescribing in older people, including when to discontinue medications,...

NICE guidance that GPs identify patients in cold homes is 'unrealistic', study finds

NICE guidance that GPs identify patients in cold homes is 'unrealistic', study finds

NICE guidance that says GPs should use medical records to identify patients who are...

GP dilemma: Safeguarding a vulnerable elderly patient

GP dilemma: Safeguarding a vulnerable elderly patient

The dilemma: I am worried that the son of an elderly patient may be preventing his...

GP careers: GPSI in movement disorders

GP careers: GPSI in movement disorders

Dr Nick Lance describes his role as a GPSI in movement disorders and answers questions...

GP dilemma: Handling a power of attorney request

GP dilemma: Handling a power of attorney request

How should GPs deal with power of attorney requests? Dr Rachel Birch from Medical...

Nurse-led screening in GP practices boosts early lung cancer and COPD detection

Nurse-led screening in GP practices boosts early lung cancer and COPD detection

A nurse-led screening programme in Liverpool is preventing around two cases of lung...

Comorbidities in older people

Comorbidities in older people

Advice on primary prevention and prescribing in older patients with comorbidities,...

Seeing same GP reduces hospital admissions for older patients

Seeing same GP reduces hospital admissions for older patients

Continuity of care in general practice is associated with fewer hospital admissions...

NICE falls advice for GPs highlights pressure on 10-minute consultation

NICE falls advice for GPs highlights pressure on 10-minute consultation

GPs should ask all older patients about falls or fear of falling during routine appointments,...

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...

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