Acute Care and Geriatric Assessment

  • Roshan Gunathilake
  • Balakrishnan Kichu R. NairEmail author


  • Acutely unwell older persons frequently present with falls, delirium, and social withdrawal, rather than with symptoms pertaining to the newly diseased organ system.

  • Comprehensive geriatric assessment has been shown to result in sustained improvements in physical and cognitive function and to reduce inpatient mortality.

  • Geriatric syndromes are usually due to multiple coexisting etiologies, and attempting to find the cause is often misdirected and expensive.

  • Substantial overall improvement may result from concurrent interventions directed at multiple abnormalities in older persons, even if some may be only partially reversible.

  • A significant proportion of older persons who are initially labeled by hospitalists as having “acopia” or “social problems” have an alternative medical diagnosis at the time of discharge.


Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) Screening Tool Of Older Persons’ Potentially Inappropriate Prescriptions (STOPP) Geriatric Evaluation And Management Unit (GEMU) Geriatric Giants Screening Tool To Alert Doctors To The Right Treatment (START) 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roshan Gunathilake
    • 1
    • 2
  • Balakrishnan Kichu R. Nair
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Geriatric Medicine and General MedicineJohn Hunter HospitalNewcastleAustralia
  2. 2.School of Medicine and Public HealthUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia
  3. 3.Centre for Medical Professional DevelopmentHNE Local Health DistrictNew LambtonAustralia

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