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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GP dilemma: Safeguarding a vulnerable elderly patient
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GP dilemma: Safeguarding a vulnerable elderly patient

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

Movement disorders clinical Q&A

Movement disorders clinical Q&A

Dr Nick Lance describes his role and answers questions on diagnosis and management...

GP dilemma: Handling a power of attorney request
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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
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Comorbidities in older people

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

Prescribing in older people
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Prescribing in older people

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

Seeing same GP reduces hospital admissions for older patients
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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
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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...

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...

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