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ABC of Geriatric Medicine

Nicola Cooper (Editor), Kirsty Forrest (Editor), Graham Mulley (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-16942-4 January 2009 BMJ Books 88 Pages


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.

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

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