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3 05 Care of Older Adults

Summary

  • The United Kingdom has an increasingly ageing population
  • The care of older people will make up a higher proportion of your workload as a general practitioner (GP)
  • Co-morbidity, difficulties in communicating, the problems of poly-pharmacy and the need for additional support for the increasingly dependent patients in general practice are important issues in the care of older people
  • The epidemiology of problems presenting in primary care is different in older people. Many cancers are more prevalent in the elderly population and may be of insidious onset
  • General practitioners working together with other members of the primary healthcare team have an important role to play in the delivery of improvements in the care of older people

Knowledge and skills guide

This section contains the learning outcomes for the 'Care of Older Adults' curriculum module.

These are grouped into 12 core areas of competence concerned with the tasks you will undertake as a general practitioner when delivering care to people in your community.

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Case discussion

This section contains a scenario and questions for reflection which help to illustrate the learning points in this module.


An 80 year old man presents in winter after having been discharged from hospital following treatment of a femoral fracture. He has severe back pain and raised prostate-specific antigen (PSA)...

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How to learn this area of practice

This section includes suggested activities and strategies for developing the competences you will require.     

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Useful learning resources

This section provides suggestions for further reading and other resources to help you in your training, including books, journal articles and web resources.     

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