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Clinical Assessment and Management of Older People: What’s Different?

  • Gertrude Chikura
  • Simon Conroy
  • Fabio Salvi
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Abstract

Managing older people in any context, in particular urgent care settings, can be challenging. Unlike patient with single presenting problems, older people will usually present with a range of issues, not just medical, that require addressing in order to achieve an effective management plan. The key points to consider are the following:
  • Non-specific presentations

  • Multiple comorbidities and polypharmacy

  • Functional decline and altered homeostasis

  • Differential challenge

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Birds HoltLincolnUK
  2. 2.Department of Geriatrics and Geriatric Emergency CareINRCA-IRCCSAnconaItaly

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