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Geriatric Care in General Practice

  • Gowrie Pavan
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Abstract

With life expectancy increasing, the workload of the general practitioner will also increase, as more older people seek consultations. The general practitioner is best placed to deliver such care as he or she is often the first person of contact. The demographic characteristics of the oldest old are unique and different to that in the young old people. About a third are aged 75 and above and are among the very high and frequent GP attenders. The forms of preventive care that they provide are immunisation, screening and early identification of chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular and mental health, providing preventative advice, counselling and improving health literacy.

Keywords

General practitioner Demographic characteristics of the oldest old Preventive health practices Palliative care in general practice Self-care practices End of life Seniors driving 

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  • Gowrie Pavan
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  1. 1.Family Medical PracticeCarlingfordAustralia

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