Basics of geriatric medicine

by Dr Vellingiri Raja Badrakalimuthu

 

Last updated: October 2013

 

The interface between psychogeriatrics and geriatric medicine is complex, particularly with overlapping presentations between physical and mental illness. Illnesses tend to have an atypical presentation with rapid progression, the history of the patient may be incomplete and rigorous examination may not be feasible. These factors impact on social welfare, causing greater morbidity and mortality.

 

This module offers fundamental strategies for old age psychiatrists to:     

 

  • understand symptoms

 

  • take a robust history

 

  • perform a structured examination

 

  • arrive methodically at a differential diagnosis

 

  • interpret investigations

 

  • manage common physical illnesses in the elderly.

 

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