The Elderly Patient

W. B. Wright
Published in: Springer-Verlag
Release Year: 1986
ISBN: 978-1-4471-1421-5
Pages: 228
Edition: 1st
File Size: 3 MB
File Type: pdf
Language: English

Description of The Elderly Patient

How well can you tackle medical problems as they affect the elderly? These questions, derived from the regular 'Brainscan' feature of the journal Geriatric Medicine, are designed to help you find out. The medical care of the older patient must cover a much wider range of issues than simply the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Even these basic disciplines are subject to modifications in all their aspects by the encroachment of old age. It is hoped that the questions and their answers will portray some of those wider issues, and at the same time act as a 'refresher'.
Try scoring yourself. This may give you some idea of your chances in the examination for the new Diploma of Geriatric Medicine. The questions are roughly grouped in chapters covering general aspects of ageing, the differential diagnosis of various presenting symptoms, and a brief look at the systems. Some social work and rehabilitative aspects are covered.
We hope you enjoy them, and that you find something of interest at the same time. You may find Geriatric Medicine's regular 'Brainscan' quiz will help you to keep up to the mark hereafter.
There are three boxes:- 'T', 'F' and 'D' at the beginning of each question, meaning 'True', 'False' and 'Don't know'. The 'Don't know' boxes (D) count zero, Le. they neither add nor subtract marks. The possible total marks in each set of five questions range from 'All correct' = +5 to 'All wrong' = -5. Add up all the correct boxes then subtract all the wrong boxes.
Where a page contains three sets of questions, the marks will range from' All correct' = + 15 to 'All wrong' = -15. Physicians with skills in managing the elderly, and those general practitioners and others who are ready to try for the new Diploma of Geriatric Medicine, will score 'over 10' consistently. Those with a fair knowledge of general medicine as it affects the elderly will score '5 to 10'. If you score '5 to minus 5' then things could be improved, and you would benefit from a refresher
of some kind. Scores 'less than minus 5' demand some action; your medical knowledge is slipping-running repairs in the form of reading or courses are indicated and should be part of your future programme.
Medical students and hospital doctors training for a higher degree may find The Elderly Patient book useful. The format is the same as for many examinations. Questions on the elderly occur in most examinations nowadays. You may find this a painless way of scoring extra points.
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