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ABC of Geriatric Medicine

Nicola Cooper (Editor), Kirsty Forrest (Editor), Graham Mulley (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-6942-4
88 pages
January 2009, BMJ Books
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Demographic trends confirm what clinicians already know - they are spending increasing amounts of time dealing with older people. This new ABC provides an introduction to the new and increasing challenges of treating older patients in a variety of settings.

ABC of Geriatric Medicine provides an overview of geriatric medicine in practice. Chapters are written by experts, and are based on the specialty geriatric medicine curriculum in the UK.

ABC of Geriatric Medicine is a highly illustrated, informative, and practical source of knowledge, with links to further information and resources. It is an essential guide where management of the ageing population is a major health issue - for hospital and family doctors, students, nurses and other members of the multi-disciplinary team.

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Contributors, vi

Preface, vii

Acknowledgements, viii

1 Introducing Geriatric Medicine, 1
Nicola Cooper & Graham Mulley

2 Prescribing in Older People, 5
Jon Cooper & Julia Howarth

3 Delirium, 11
John Holmes

4 Falls, 16
Nicola Cooper

5 Bone Health, 23
Katrina Topp

6 Syncope, 28
Raja Hussain

7 Transient Ischaemic Attack and Stroke, 34
Jon Cooper

8 Dementia, 39
John Wattis & Stephen Curran

9 Urinary Incontinence, 43
Eileen Burns & Anne Siddle

10 Peri-operative Problems, 48
Kirsty Forrest

11 Rehabilitation, 53
Lauren Ralston & John Young

12 Palliative Care, 59
Lucy Nicholson & Suzanne Kite

13 Discharge Planning, 64
Mamoun Elmamoun & Graham Mulley

14 Intermediate Care, 69
Nicola Turner & Catherine Tandy

15 Benefi ts and Social Services, 73
John Pearn & Rosemary Young

Index, 77

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Nicola Cooper
Consultant in Acute Medicine and Geriatrics, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, UK

Kirsty Forrest
Consultant in Anaesthesia and Education, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, UK

Graham Mulley
Professor of Elderly Medicine and President of the British Geriatrics Society, St James's University Hospital, Leeds, UK

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Provides an overview of geriatrics in practice with references to further reading and resources
Based on the national geriatric training curriculum
Covers the legislative frameworks relevant to the elderly, and how this affects day to day practice
Offers a generic approach to all the specific issues in caring for the elderly
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