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Geriatric assessment in primary care: formulating best practice

Philp, I., Newton, P., McKee, K., Dixon, S., Rowse, G. and Bath, P.A. (2001) Geriatric assessment in primary care: formulating best practice. British Journal of Community Nursing, 6 (6). pp. 290-295. ISSN 1462-4753

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Comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) is a structured approach to measuring physical, mental and social functioning of older people to identify needs and to plan care. Meta-analysis of trials of CGA suggest that it is cost-effective, but there is no agreed approach to its implementation in primary care. Our aim was to develop a best-practice model for geriatric assessment in primary care. We took an iterative approach to development, combining expert and local stakeholder opinion, and using semi-structured interviews to assess patient and practitioner experience in nine general practices in Sheffield. Patients were aged 75 and over, living at home. The best-practice model was the use of a standardised instrument (EASY-Care) to unselected patients aged 75 years and over living at home or in residential care, administered by a practice nurse in the context of an over-75s health check. There was high patient and practitioner acceptability, and significant cost savings were noted. Key beneficial features were the assessment of mental health and sources of support; goal-setting; generation of a disability score; and high patient satisfaction from contact with nursing staff. We conclude that geriatric assessment in primary care is feasible, economical and beneficial to patients and practitioners to be beneficial. Nursing staff are central to successful implementation of geriatric assessment in primary care.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Information Studies
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2009 09:45
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2009 09:45
Status: Published
Publisher: Mark Allen Publishing
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9149

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