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This prospective observational study was carried out to assess the annual preventive and curative treatment costs for diabetic foot problems. Measures of resource use over the 1-year study period were taken for 151 patients whose lesions covered the entire Wagner classification. Treatment was provided under the current protocols of a multidisciplinary team.(More)
Falls are common in the elderly, and potentially result in injury and disability. Thus, preventing falls as soon as possible in older adults is a public health priority, yet there is no specific marker that is predictive of the first fall onset. We hypothesized that gait features should be the most relevant variables for predicting the first fall. Clinical(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE To validate a Short Form of the Mini-Mental State Examination (SMMSE) as a screening test for dementia in older ambulatory individuals followed in a memory clinic for a memory complaint. METHODS A total of 202 cognitively healthy individuals, 100 individuals with a mild cognitive impairment and 304 demented individuals sent for a(More)
Scientific societies recommend the implementation of a comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) in cancer patients aged 70 and older. The EGA is an interdisciplinary multidimensional diagnostic process seeking to assess the frail older person in order to develop a coordinated plan of treatment and long-term follow-up. Identification of comorbidities and(More)
UNLABELLED Frailty tends to be considered as a major risk for adverse outcomes in older persons, but some important aspects remain matter of debate. OBJECTIVES The purpose of this paper is to present expert's positions on the main aspects of the frailty syndrome in the older persons. PARTICIPANTS Workshop organized by International Association of(More)
Vitamin D is a secosteroid hormone. Vitamin D receptors are present in the majority of body tissues. The manifestations of hypovitaminosis D - linked to dysfunction of target tissues - are various, including osteoporosis, cancer, tuberculosis, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, depression, dementia, sarcopenia, propensity to fall… The serum 25-hydroxyvitamin(More)
BACKGROUND Screening of depressive symptoms is recommended in recurrent fallers. Compared to the 30-item and 15-item Geriatric Depression Scales (GDS), the 4-item GDS is easier to administer and quicker to perform. The association between abnormal 4-item GDS score and recurrent falls has not yet been examined. In addition, while depressive symptoms-related(More)
UNLABELLED Anticholinergic medications are responsible for most frequent adverse drug effects. Two scales have been elaborated as tools for prescribers: the Anticholinergic Drug Scale (ADS) of Carnahan et al., and the Anticholinergic Risk Scale (ARS) of Rudolph et al. The objective of this study was to analyze the diagnostic performance of both scales for(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the factors associated with general practitioners adherence to recommendations from geriatric assessments made during teleconsultations for the elderly living in nursing homes. STUDY DESIGN Prospective cohort study in three nursing homes in Vendee, France, with access to teleconsultations from Challans Hospital. Teleconsultations(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Hypovitaminosis D is associated with adverse health outcomes including several bone and non-bone chronic diseases. It remains unclear whether hypovitaminosis D leads to more numerous or more severe chronic diseases. Our aim was to determine whether there was an association between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D deficiency (i.e., 25OHD ≤25(More)