Preoperative geriatric assessment: comprehensive, multidisciplinary and proactive.

  title={Preoperative geriatric assessment: comprehensive, multidisciplinary and proactive.},
  author={Sheilesh Kumar Dewan and Song Bai Zheng and Shi Jin Xia},
  journal={European journal of internal medicine},
  volume={23 6},
With the changing global demographic pattern, our health care systems increasingly have to deal with a greater number of elderly patients, which consequently also takes its toll on our surgical services. The elderly are not simply older adults. They represent a heterogeneous branch of the population with specific physiological, psychological, functional and social issues that require individualised attention prior to surgery. Increased acknowledgement that chronological age alone is not an… CONTINUE READING

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