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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231631/commentary-response-frailty-not-just-about-old-people-reply-to-smith-gd-kydd-a-2017-getting-care-of-older-people-right-the-need-for-appropriate-frailty-assessment
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Sunita R Jha, Julee Mcdonagh, Caleb Ferguson, Peter S Macdonald, Phillip J Newton
As highlighted in a recent editorial, the ageing population and burden of frailty amongst those aged 60 years and older represents an impending challenge for individuals and health care systems globally (Smith & Kydd 2017). As frailty is largely considered a geriatric syndrome, research has primarily occurred within elderly community dwelling populations (Fried et al. 2001). However, it is important to highlight that not all older people are frail; and conversely not all younger people are non-frail. With frailty research expanding its scope beyond geriatrics over the last 2 decades, our understanding of this syndrome and its complexities has progressed...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228654/low-ft3-a-possible-marker-of-frailty-in-the-elderly
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Aldo Bertoli, Alessia Valentini, Maria Assunta Cianfarani, Elena Gasbarra, Umberto Tarantino, Massimo Federici
INTRODUCTION: Frailty is associated with a functional decline of multiple physiological systems, of which they may be a cause or consequence. The objective of the study was to evaluate the prevalence of thyroid hormone modifications in elderly frail subjects and its relationship with frailty. STUDY POPULATION AND METHODS: An observational study was carried out at the University Hospital "Tor Vergata" in Rome among ambulatory and hospitalized patients. The study population consisted of 112 elderly subjects: 62 were hospitalized following hip fracture and 50 control subjects were outpatients...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223789/the-determinants-of-coping-with-pain-in-chronically-ill-geriatric-patients-the-role-of-a-sense-of-coherence
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Anna Andruszkiewicz, Małgorzata Anna Basińska, Mirosława Felsmann, Mariola Banaszkiewicz, Alicja Marzec, Kornelia Kędziora-Kornatowska
BACKGROUND: Given the rising population of the elderly in modern societies, the concern for their good functioning poses a challenge for the 21st century medicine and social services. Senior citizens are at an increased risk of developing chronic conditions, which in turn increase discomfort associated with physiological processes of aging. Sensations of pain have a particular influence on the mentioned discomfort, and pain is prevalent among older people. Therefore, from the perspective of an elderly person and senior care, it is crucial to identify determinants of effective coping with chronic pain...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223787/comparing-the-predictive-accuracy-of-frailty-comorbidity-and-disability-for-mortality-a-1-year-follow-up-in-patients-hospitalized-in-geriatric-wards
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Martin Ritt, Julia Isabel Ritt, Cornel Christian Sieber, Karl-Günter Gaßmann
BACKGROUND: Studies evaluating and comparing the power of frailty, comorbidity, and disability instruments, together and in parallel, for predicting mortality are limited. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate and compare the measures of frailty, comorbidity, and disability in predicting 1-year mortality in geriatric inpatients. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. PATIENTS AND SETTING: A total of 307 inpatients aged ≥65 years in geriatric wards of a general hospital participated in the study...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214239/feasibility-and-factor-structure-of-the-frail-scale-in-older-adults
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Ivan Aprahamian, Sumika Mori Lin, Claudia Kimie Suemoto, Daniel Apolinario, Natália Oiring de Castro Cezar, Serpui Marie Elmadjian, Wilson Jacob Filho, Mônica Sanches Yassuda
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to (1) evaluate a geriatric outpatient sample with the FRAIL scale; (2) investigate the psychometric properties of the scale; and (3) characterize different associations of the subdimensions of the scale with demographic and clinical data. DESIGN: Cross-sectional observational study. SETTING: Geriatric outpatient center a university-based hospital in São Paulo, Brazil. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 811 men and women aged 60 years or older evaluated between March 2015 and September 2015...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208878/a-study-of-medication-compliance-in-geriatric-patients-with-chronic-illnesses-at-a-tertiary-care-hospital
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R Shruthi, R Jyothi, H P Pundarikaksha, G N Nagesh, T J Tushar
INTRODUCTION: Geriatric population is more prone for various chronic and recurrent illnesses like diabetes mellitus, hypertension, IHD, arthritic, neurodegenerative, gastrointestinal, ocular, genitourinary, respiratory disorders etc., which may require chronic medication with multiple drugs. Poor compliance in this age group accounts for medication wastage with increased cost of healthcare and substantial worsening of the disease with disability or death. Most of the human and economic costs associated with non adherence can be avoided by improving medication adherence...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187736/thrombocytopenia-on-the-first-day-of-emergency-department-visit-predicts-higher-risk-of-acute-kidney-injury-among-elderly-patients
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Chia-Ter Chao, Hung-Bin Tsai, Chih-Kang Chiang, Jenq-Wen Huang
BACKGROUND: Few studies have addressed risk factors for acute kidney injury (AKI) in geriatric patients. We investigated whether thrombocytopenia was a risk factor for AKI in geriatric patients with medical illnesses. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was conducted, by recruiting elderly (≥65 years) patients who visited the emergency department (ED) for medical illnesses during 2014. They all received hemogram for platelet count determination, and were stratified according to the presence of thrombocytopenia (platelets, <150 K/μL) during their initial ED evaluation...
February 10, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182802/the-association-of-geriatric-syndromes-with-hospital-outcomes
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Roman Romero-Ortuno, Duncan R Forsyth, Kathryn Jane Wilson, Ewen Cameron, Stephen Wallis, Richard Biram, Victoria Keevil
BACKGROUND: Frailty, history of dementia (HoD), and acute confusional states (ACS) are common in older patients admitted to hospital. OBJECTIVE: To study the association of frailty (≥6 points in the Clinical Frailty Scale [CFS]), HoD, and ACS with hospital outcomes, controlling for age, gender, acute illness severity (measured by a Modified Early Warning Score in the emergency department), comorbidity (Charlson Comorbidity Index), and discharging specialty (general medicine, geriatric medicine, surgery)...
February 2017: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181371/comparative-economic-evaluation-of-home-based-and-hospital-based-palliative-care-for-terminal-cancer-patients
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Koki Kato, Haruhisa Fukuda
AIM: To quantify the difference between adjusted costs for home-based palliative care and hospital-based palliative care in terminally ill cancer patients. METHODS: We carried out a case-control study of home-care patients (cases) who had died at home between January 2009 and December 2013, and hospital-care patients (controls) who had died at a hospital between April 2008 and December 2013. Data on patient characteristics were obtained from insurance claims data and medical records...
February 8, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178921/illness-acceptance-pain-perception-and-expectations-for-physicians-of-the-elderly-in-poland
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Mateusz Cybulski, Lukasz Cybulski, Elzbieta Krajewska-Kulak, Urszula Cwalina
BACKGROUND: Ageing of society is a significant challenge to public health, both socially and health wise. Adaptation to illness and its acceptance play an important role in control and patients' self-control in many diseases of old age. The right attitude of doctors to patients, especially, geriatric patients determines, among others, a patient's quality of life and acceptance of illness. Recently, there has been observed the rapid development of research on interactions between pain as a physiological process and its perception by an individual...
February 8, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165614/oral-health-and-incident-depressive-symptoms-jages-project-longitudinal-study-in-older-japanese
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Tatsuo Yamamoto, Jun Aida, Katsunori Kondo, Shinya Fuchida, Yukako Tani, Masashige Saito, Yuri Sasaki
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether oral health status predicts depressive symptoms in older Japanese people. DESIGN: Longitudinal study. SETTING: Twenty-four municipalities in Japan. PARTICIPANTS: Community-dwelling individuals aged 65 years and older who responded to mail surveys performed by the Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study in 2010 and 2013 (N = 14,279). MEASUREMENTS: Depressive symptoms were assessed using the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS)...
February 6, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148514/old-age-psychiatry-and-geriatric-medicine-shared-challenges-shared-solutions
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EDITORIAL
James Fisher, Andrew Teodorczuk
The co-occurrence of physical and mental ill health means there is considerable overlap between the patients that geriatric medicine and old age psychiatry serve. In this editorial we detail similarities between the specialisms, highlight the common challenges facing them and argue that closer alignment holds the potential to improve patient care.
February 2017: British Journal of Psychiatry: the Journal of Mental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129234/inflammation-relates-to-resistance-training-induced-hypertrophy-in-elderly-patients
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Kristoffer Larsen Norheim, Christopher Kjaer Cullum, Jesper Loevind Andersen, Michael Kjaer, Anders Karlsen
PURPOSE: Aging is associated with a gradual loss of muscle mass, which some have suggested to be accelerated by short periods of muscle disuse due to medical illness. We investigated the effect of hospitalization on skeletal muscle mass in acutely ill geriatric patients with focus on the relationship between systemic inflammatory marker C-reactive protein (CRP) and changes in muscle mass, as well as the influence of resistance training upon muscle mass. METHOD: Unilateral leg press resistance exercise was conducted daily during the hospital period...
January 26, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129090/geriatric-education-utilizing-a-palliative-care-framework
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Beverly Lunsford, Laurie Posey
The dramatic growth of persons over 65 and the increased incidence of multiple, chronic illness has resulted in the need for more comprehensive healthcare. Geriatrics and palliative care are medical specialties pertinent to elderly, yet neither completely addresses the needs of older adults with chronic illness. Interprofessional faculty developed Geriatric Education Using a Palliative Care Framework (GEPaC) to teach an integrated approach to care. Interactive online modules use a variety of instructional methods, including case-based interactive questions, audio-visual presentations, reflective questions, and scenario-based tests...
January 27, 2017: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124479/is-spinal-surgery-safe-in-octogenarians
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Harrison G Mihailidis, Simon Manners, Leonid Churilov, Gerald M Y Quan
BACKGROUND: An ageing population and advances in medical management often requires spinal surgeons to increasingly operate on patients older than 80 years. The ability to predict complications and mortality rates would allow discrimination of which octogenarians are able to safely undergo spinal surgery. Therefore, the aims of this study were to determine whether comorbidities and extent of surgery were associated with complications in this age group, in addition to which comorbidity and physical status assessment scales were best associated with the development of complications following spinal surgery...
January 26, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122529/monetary-costs-of-alzheimer-s-disease-in-china-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomised-observational-study
#16
Fangyu Li, Shuoqi Chen, Cuibai Wei, Jianping Jia
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia. International multilateral cost-of-illness (COI) studies have revealed that the cost of treating this disease is huge, which places a significant burden on patients' families and their healthcare systems. However, no such studies have been conducted in China. This study estimates the monetary costs of patients with AD in mainland China. METHODS: This study planned to start in October 2015 and to finish in March 2016...
January 25, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104595/frailty-affects-the-initial-treatment-response-and-time-to-recovery-of-mobility-in-acutely-ill-older-adults-admitted-to-hospital
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Oliver L Hatheway, Arnold Mitnitski, Kenneth Rockwood
OBJECTIVES: to investigate how frailty and mobility impairment affect recovery of balance and mobility in acutely ill older patients. DESIGN: secondary analysis of cohort study. SETTING: general and geriatric medicine inpatient units, QEII Health Sciences Centre, Dalhousie University, Canada. SUBJECTS: four hundred and nine older adults (mean age = 81 ± 7 standard deviation, 64% women). METHODS: we constructed a frailty index based on a comprehensive geriatric assessment (FI-CGA), at baseline (2 weeks before admission; mean 0...
January 18, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101555/predictors-for-living-at-home-after-geriatric-inpatient-rehabilitation-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Jan Kool, Peter Oesch, Stefan Bachmann
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate patient characteristics predicting living at home after geriatric rehabilitation. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. PATIENTS: A total of 210 patients aged 65 years or older receiving inpatient rehabilitation. METHODS: Candidate predictors evaluated during rehabilitation were: age, vulnerability (Vulnerable Elders Survey), multimorbidity (Cumulative Illness Rating Scale), cognition (Mini-Mental State Examination), depression (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale), living alone, previous independence in activities of daily living, fall risk, and mobility at discharge (Timed Up and Go test)...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089304/management-of-prostate-cancer-in-elderly-patients-recommendations-of-a-task-force-of-the-international-society-of-geriatric-oncology
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REVIEW
Jean-Pierre Droz, Gilles Albrand, Silke Gillessen, Simon Hughes, Nicolas Mottet, Stéphane Oudard, Heather Payne, Martine Puts, Gilbert Zulian, Lodovico Balducci, Matti Aapro
CONTEXT: Prostate cancer is the most frequent male cancer. Since the median age of diagnosis is 66 yr, many patients require both geriatric and urologic evaluation if treatment is to be tailored to individual circumstances including comorbidities and frailty. OBJECTIVE: To update the 2014 International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) guidelines on prostate cancer in men aged >70 yr. The update includes new material on health status evaluation and the treatment of localised, advanced, and castrate-resistant disease...
January 11, 2017: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064173/interventions-to-prevent-or-reduce-the-level-of-frailty-in-community-dwelling-older-adults-a-scoping-review-of-the-literature-and-international-policies
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REVIEW
Martine T E Puts, Samar Toubasi, Melissa K Andrew, Maureen C Ashe, Jenny Ploeg, Esther Atkinson, Ana Patricia Ayala, Angelique Roy, Miriam Rodríguez Monforte, Howard Bergman, Kathy McGilton
BACKGROUND: frailty impacts older adults' ability to recover from an acute illness, injuries and other stresses. Currently, a systematic synthesis of available interventions to prevent or reduce frailty does not exist. Therefore, we conducted a scoping review of interventions and international policies designed to prevent or reduce the level of frailty in community-dwelling older adults. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: we conducted a scoping review using the framework of Arksey and O'Malley. We systematically searched articles and grey literature to identify interventions and policies that aimed to prevent or reduce the level of frailty...
January 6, 2017: Age and Ageing
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