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Office - Based Geriatrics Assessment

Office - Based Geriatrics Assessment

University of Central Florida College of Medicine
"""Mariana Dangiolo, MD""", Andrea Berry MPA, Adrienne L Gorman PhD
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The geriatric assessment is a multidimensional, multidisciplinary assessment designed to evaluate an older person’s functional ability, physical health, cognition and mental health, and socioenvironmental circumstances. It is usually performed when the medical provider identifies a potential problem with the older adult patient. This holistic evaluation includes nutrition, vision, hearing, fecal and urinary continence, and balance. The geriatric assessment model has been studied in the home, inpatient and ambulatory care settings and there is evidence that it aids in the diagnosis of medical conditions; development of treatment and follow-up plans; coordination of management of care; and evaluation of long-term care needs and optimal placement.

Educational objectives: 
›Understand how to assess a new complex older patient in the office
›Understand the importance of overall function, including activities of daily living (ADL and IADL)
›Discuss validated tools for depression and cognitive assessment
›Discuss medication review
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Estimated time to complete: 
1 hour
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: 
No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
"""""""Mariana Dangiolo, MD"""""""

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Office - Based Geriatrics Assessment. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2021 Available from: