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Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Geriatric Evaluation


Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Geriatric Evaluation

University of Arizona College of Medicine
Rosemary Browne, MD
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)
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Geriatric Evaluation is one of a continuing series of practical, evidence based, Provider Fact Sheets which summarize key geriatric topics and provide clinically useful assessments and interventions. Initially developed for remote, rural clinical sites, they are useful for students and health care professionals from many fields and across a very broad range of health care settings.

Educational objectives: 

After reading this issue of Elder Care, you should be able to…

  1. Explain the difference between activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living
  2. Describe the components of a comprehensive geriatric evaluation
  3. List conditions and syndromes in older adults for which routine screening is recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

Subscribers to POGOe are free to reprint Elder Care on their own stationery or in other publications without obtaining specific permission, so long as

  1. content is not changed,
  2. no one is charged a fee to use or read the publication,
  3. authors and their affiliated institutions are noted without change, and
  4. the reprint includes the following statement: “Reprinted courtesy of the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics and the Arizona Geriatric Education Center."

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Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: 
No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
Expires 6mos Email Date: 
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 2:57pm
Expires 3mos Email Date: 
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 2:58pm
Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
Laura Vitkus MPH

Suggested Citation:
Dr. Rosemary Browne. Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Geriatric Evaluation. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2012 Available from: