Management of the Patient in the Home and Community
In dealing with psychopharmacology this conference is mostly concerned with the internal environment of the individual. We have heard very sophisticated discussions of neuro chemistry, synaptic transmission, enzyme transfers, etc. I would like to direct some remarks to the external environment and the interaction of it and internal functioning. I would like to make a plea for the same intensive study of the external environment when the patient presents himself in our consulting rooms. This is definitely easier said than done. However, I believe that the first rule of any good treatment is a complete understanding of the problems involved. I suggest that a comprehensive assessment of the total life situation of the elderly person is necessary before any effective treatment program can be formulated, including drug therapy.
KeywordsElderly Person Vocational Rehabilitation Consult Room Home Situation Physical Therapy Service
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