Geriatric assessment tools

Sonja L Rosen, David B Reuben
Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, New York 2011, 78 (4): 489-97
In addition to medical diseases, psychological, social, cognitive, and functional issues influence the health of older persons. Therefore, the traditional medical assessment alone is often not enough to evaluate the older population with multiple comorbidities. Out of this recognized need, the geriatric assessment has been developed, which emphasizes a broader approach to evaluating contributors to health in older persons. Geriatric assessment uses specific tools to help determine patient's status across several different dimensions, including assessment of medical, cognitive, affective, social, economic, environmental, spiritual, and functional status. This article reviews specific tools that practitioners can use in their screening for the following geriatric syndromes: hearing impairment, vision impairment, functional decline, falls, urinary incontinence, cognitive impairment, depression, and malnutrition. This article also reviews spiritual, economic, and social assessment. By identifying conditions that are common in the elderly, geriatric assessment can provide substantial insight into the comprehensive care of older persons, from those who are healthy and high-functioning to those with significant impairments and multiple comorbidities.

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wendy tully

Great reading.


CherylAnn Noonan(valois)

Geriatric doctors are vital to senior care! Great reads. I'm always learning more and backing it up with reads. ☺️


Ronald Prucha

If only it were this easy in the exam room. Pre-visit paperwork is the key to successfully screening "geriactive" patients.


Ed Clapp

Thanks very useful


Samarjeet Kaur

Thanks, very useful.


Ramasamy Lela

Geriatric population needs special attention in all aspects.Even a minor neglect in assessment of their health status will lead on to unexpected complications unfolding in many ways escalating the medicare cost


CherylAnn Noonan(valois)

Very true Pre


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