comprehensive geriatric assessment


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comprehensive geriatric assessment

Abbreviation: CGA
A multidisciplinary process to evaluate the medical, functional, psychiatric, and social strengths and limitations in older patients. CGA provides a focus on the interrelated factors that contribute to illness. By addressing the complexity of needs, in some studies CGA improves survival and decreases the frequency of acute care hospitalization.
See also: assessment
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(2011) Comprehensive geriatric assessment for older adults admitted to hospital.
Wieland, "Preserving independence: the effectiveness of comprehensive geriatric assessment," Schweizerische Medizinische Wochenschrift, vol.
Comprehensive geriatric assessment for older patients with cancer.
Employees of the University of Delaware Nursing Center are skilled in designing comprehensive geriatric assessment models, computerized documentation, program evaluation, grant writing, and obtaining financial support.
Comprehensive geriatric assessment is a new and important component in the care of the frail elderly.[1] Geriatric assessment clinics are now operating in many academic institutions[2] and are increasingly being used to teach geriatric medicine to family practice residents in both university and community-based programs.[3,4] In spite of considerable evidence to suggest the efficacy of comprehensive assessment, few primary care physicians use such services.[5] In addition, among those primary care physicians who do use comprehensive geriatric assessment, studies indicate that the recommendations formulated during comprehensive geriatric assessment are not always followed.
Comprehensive geriatric assessment teams (GATs) became popular in the previous decade as a programmed effort to reduce or eliminate the adverse consequences of hospitalization for elders.
After informed consent was obtained, a comprehensive geriatric assessment was performed.
Meta-analyses have shown an effect of comprehensive geriatric assessment in the home setting on mortality, use of nursing homes and hospitals and quality of life.
Screening can be performed as a comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA [3]) or as a search for one specific problem, for example an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

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