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BACKGROUND As an adjunct to the general and cancer-specific clinical and diagnostic examinations, comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) is an integral tool that examines factors affecting the course of disease and the outcome of treatment. The principal areas of focus of the CGA include the patient's functional, physical, mental, emotional,(More)
BACKGROUND Previous evidence suggests that treatment with 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme-A reductase inhibitors (statins) has a positive impact on dementia. We decided to investigate the association between the use of statins and the prevalence of dementia and statins' impact on the progression of cognitive impairment. METHODS This is a case-control(More)
BACKGROUND With an increasing proportion of Americans using complementary or alternative medicine (CAM), physicians need to know which patients are using CAM to effectively manage care. METHODS In this cross-sectional study, telephone interviews were conducted with 1,584 South Carolina adults (ages 18 and older); 66% responded to the survey of(More)
BACKGROUND Without family caregivers, many frail elders who live at home would require nursing home care. However, providing care to frail elders requires a large time commitment that may interfere with the caregiver's ability to work. Our goal was to determine the patient and caregiver characteristics associated with the reduction of employment hours in(More)
PURPOSE To describe a pilot initiative sponsored by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to improve the health and community tenure of frail older veterans living in rural counties 50-100 miles from two host VHA medical centers. DESIGN AND METHODS Veterans aged 75 and older who scored at risk of repeated hospital admission on the PRA-Plus telephone(More)
Comprehensive geriatric assessment is a technique for multidimensional diagnosis of frail elderly people with the purpose of planning and/or delivering medical, psychosocial, and rehabilitative care. When comprehensive geriatric assessment is coupled with some therapy, then the term geriatric evaluation and management (GEM) will be used. Following a brief(More)
Despite recent gains in establishing academic sections, divisions, and departments of geriatrics in medical schools, much remains to be done to meet the medical needs of an aging population. To better understand how medical schools are educating students in geriatric-related topics, all U.S. allopathic and osteopathic medical schools were surveyed in two(More)
BACKGROUND The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) replicates the model of comprehensive, community-based geriatric care pioneered by On Lok, that enrolls frail older adults who meet states' criteria for nursing home care, and that uses interdisciplinary teams to assess the participants and to deliver care in appropriate settings. As(More)