Primary Care Geriatrics: A Case-Based Approach / Edition 5

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Designed for anyone involved in treating geriatric patients, this New Edition continues to be the best comprehensive source for clinical solutions for the challenging geriatric population. Inside, you'll find a wealth of information on the principles of geriatric primary care...detailed, case-based approaches to major geriatric syndromes...and presentations of common conditions and situations. What's more, the 5th Edition now includes evidence-based medicine that helps you form a definitive diagnosis and create the best treatment plans possible and a BONUS CD-ROM containing supplemental materials.

• Incorporates engaging case studies throughout to illustrate all of the principles and key clinical information you need to treat your geriatric patients as well as their families.
• Features a two-color layout that highlights the most important information.

• Provides evidence-based medicine wherever possible, giving you the most authoritative information on diagnosis, treatment, and management options.
• Features an interdisciplinary perspective that reflects the field's increasingly team-oriented approach to geriatric care.
• Includes a bonus CD-ROM containing additional color images, assessment tools, and review questions that help you hone your knowledge.
• Presents USMLE-style questions in every chapter for quick review before clinical cases.
• Uses a consistent format from chapter to chapter that lets you access the information you need fast.

The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some two-color illustrations.

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Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This multiauthored textbook of geriatric medicine features a case-based approach, an expanded number of chapters, and a CD-ROM of various assessment tools in action. This edition updates the fourth edition of 2002.
Purpose: Its purpose is to teach the approach to caring for older persons and their families and caregivers in a variety of settings. Through case-based chapters, a sense of what it is really like for patients and caregivers is evoked. The book succeeds admirably at meeting these worthy objectives.
Audience: The audience is primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, as well as trainees in these fields.
Features: The first of the book's three sections, on principles and practice, describes the domains of care and locations of care of older persons. The second unit discusses geriatric syndromes and common special problems. The third unit covers selected clinical problems by organ system. Each of the 52 chapters has a pretest and a post-test with stated educational objectives and a multipart case example that runs through the book. There are annotated resources and references at the end of each chapter. The CD-ROM shows a number of assessment tools in action, such as the get-up-and-go test.
Assessment: This edition reflects the growing capacity to cite a "party line" of geriatric medicine in an enlarging list of topics. The chapters have an even tone and style that is user friendly throughout. This is a good introduction to geriatric medicine and is well worth reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323039307
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 9/18/2006
  • Series: Primary Care Geriatrics Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Caring for Older Patients and an Aging Population

Chapter 2: Clinical Implications of Normal Aging

Chapter 3: Illness and Aging

Chapter 4: Primary Care Assessment of the Geriatric Patient

Chapter 5: Health Maintenance, Exercise and Nutrition

Chapter 6: Clinical Pharmacology

Chapter 7: Ethnic and Cultural Aspects of Geriatrics

Chapter 8: Ethics

Chapter 9: Health Care System

Chapter 10: Perioperative Care

Chapter 11: Long-Term Care

Chapter 12: Home Care

Chapter 13: Rehabilitation

Chapter 14: Palliative Care


Chapter 15: Delirium

Chapter 16: Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias

Chapter 17: Depression

Chapter 18: Gait and Immobility

Chapter 19: Dizziness

Chapter 20: Syncope

Chapter 21: Falls

Chapter 22: Urinary Incontinence

Chapter 23: Constipation and Fecal Incontinence

Chapter 24: Hearing Impairment

Chapter 25: Visual Impairment and Eye Problems

Chapter 26: Persistent Pain

Chapter 27: Malnutrition and Feeding Problems

Chapter 28: Pressure Ulcers

Chapter 29: Hypothermia and Hyperthermia

Chapter 30: Sleep Disorders

Chapter 31: Sexual Health

Chapter 32: Elder Mistreatment and Neglect

Chapter 33: Alcoholism

Chapter 34: The Older Adult Driver


Chapter 35: Hypertension

Chapter 36: Coronary Artery Disease

Chapter 37: Congestive Heart Failure

Chapter 38: Peripheral Vascular Disease

Chapter 39: Cerebrovascular Disease

Chapter 40: Diabetes Mellitus

Chapter 41: Thyroid Disorders

Chapter 42: Osteoporosis

Chapter 43: Arthritis and Related Disorders

Chapter 44: Foot Problems

Chapter 45: Cancer

Chapter 46: COPD and Lower Respiratory Infections

Chapter 47: Urinary Tract Infections

Chapter 48: The Acute Abdomen

Chapter 49: Prostate Disease

Chapter 50: Parkinson's Disease

Chapter 51: Oral Problems

Chapter 52: Skin Problems

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

    the go-to textbook for primary care geriatrics

    I work in several geriatric facilities including nursing homes, skilled nursing units, rehab hospitals, assisted living homes, and independent living facilities. I also precept PA students for their geriatric rotations (3-4 per year). I have 14 years of PA experience, ten of those in geriatrics, 5 as a preceptor. This is the best book I've come across for this subject. The reason I bought it was the PA program with which I'm associated has it for the required geriatric textbook. I was tired of supposed "geriatric" textbooks or reference books that really were watered down internal medicine books with a geriatric lable. This one blew me away.
    The first feature is relavence. The case studies are very realistic. It is also concise - just over 1 inch thick. The organization makes it easier to learn or review the material. The pre- and post-chapter questions promote synthesis of the information for the learner. It is also referenced and evidence-based yet deals with the realties of geriatric care. Application is made to the ambulatory as well as the institutionalized patient. The information is up-to-date.
    Most of my students have passed their geriatric exam after studying this book (the majority got an A). I've also used this book as the outline for the lectures I give to the nursing staffs with which I work.
    Can't wait for the next edition

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Valuable resource in our health care venue.

    I work with IU Senior Care in the Housecalls for Seniors program and at the Center for Senior Health as an RN. This is the second edition of this book that we have used as a resource. It is a good way to increase or refresh your knowledge base in care of the older adult or to search for a solution to a particular problem. I would recommend it as a resource or for students pursuing health care careers with this population.

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