Geriatrics at Your Fingertips 2002

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The fourth edition of Geriatrics at Your Fingertips is a portable, practical and economical tool for professionals who provide primary care to older persons. Content focuses on the evaluation and management of the diseases and disorders that most commonly affect older persons in various healthcare settings. GAYF minimizes the time clinicians spend searching for the information that they need to make patient care decisions. Many of the care strategies are derived from guidelines published by organizations such as ...
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Overview

The fourth edition of Geriatrics at Your Fingertips is a portable, practical and economical tool for professionals who provide primary care to older persons. Content focuses on the evaluation and management of the diseases and disorders that most commonly affect older persons in various healthcare settings. GAYF minimizes the time clinicians spend searching for the information that they need to make patient care decisions. Many of the care strategies are derived from guidelines published by organizations such as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, the American Heart Association, and the American Diabetes Association, among others.

GAYF describes assessment instruments, recommended diagnostic tests, and management strategies that include non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic therapy. The design of the tables and lists of drugs facilitates appropriate prescribing. Generic and trade names are provided, as well as information on dosages, how the drugs are metabolized or excreted, and how each drug is supplied--with special emphasis on impact in older patients.

Body system disorders (such as respiratory diseases), symptoms (like pain), and life-style issues (such as alcohol and tobacco abuse) are covered in separate chapters.

At the end of the book are lists of telephone numbers and Web sites that serve as additional resources for specific information on general aging, end-of-life, legal issues and elder abuse, and specific health problems.

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Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This little book is a pocket-sized reference on geriatric medicine that provides a concise source of current guidelines, assessment tools, diagnostic approaches and therapeutics.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide medical students, residents, fellows, practicing geriatricians, and those caring for older persons with a concise guideline to treating older persons. It incorporates other well known guidelines. The American Geriatrics Society has hit a home run in developing this little book.
Audience: Every level of physician, student to advanced geriatrician, benefits from access to this book. Distilled and crafted by experts in the field, this book comes close to enunciating a "party line" in geriatric medicine.
Features: Every aspect of caring for older persons is covered. Its diagnostic and therapeutic algorithms, its tables of drugs, its compendium of assessment forms (and their administration), and its tabulation of various regulations all in one place make it an exceptionally useful reference. That it fits into your pocket in hardback, not digital format, is a tour de force.
Assessment: The utility of this book continues to grow. As more guidelines and algorithms and best practice patterns emerge, this book also summarizes the best thinking in current geriatric medicine. Priced less than a bottle of good gin, it is worth much more. It is one of the great educational values in geriatric medicine today.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780632046966
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 229

Table of Contents

Age-Related Physiologic Changes and Formulas
Assessment and Approach
Appropriate Prescribing and Pharmacotherapy
Alcohol and Tobacco Abuse
Anticoagulation
Anxiety
Cardiovascular Diseases
Delirium
Dementia
Depression
Dermatologic Conditions
Endocrine Disorders
Falls
Gastrointestinal Disorders
Hearing Impairment
Hematology and Oncology
Infectious Diseases
Malnutrition
Musculoskeletal Disorders
Neurologic Disorders
Osteoporosis
Pain
Palliative and End-of-Life Care
Preoperative and Perioperative Care
Pressure Ulcers
Prevention
Psychotic Disorders
Renal and Prostate Disorders
Respiratory Diseases
Sexual Dysfunction
Sleep Disorders
Urinary Incontinence
Visual Impairment
Women's Health

Appendixes:
Assessment Instruments
Annotated Mini-Mental State Examination (AAMSE)
Physical Self-Maintenance Scale (ADLs)
Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Scale (IADLs)
Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS. short form)
Brief Hearing Loss Screener
Performance-Oriented Mobility Assessment
Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale (AIMS)
Pain Scales for Assessing Pain Intensity
10-Minute Screener for Geriatric Conditions
AUA Symptom Index for BPH
OBRA Regulations
HCFA Criteria: Inappropriate Drug Use in Nursing Homes
Drug Index

Subject Index

Important Telephone Numbers and Web Sites

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