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Eskind Library Synthesized Information - Geriatrics
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What components of a caregiver hot line are most helpful to caregivers and are there any outcome measures?
What are some measurable benefits of respite care to caregivers?
Please locate articles on co-management of patients with geriatrics and orthopedic surgery services similar to the following JAGS article on co-management hip fractures:
Friedman, S. M., D. A. Mendelson, et al. (2008). "Geriatric co-management of proximal femur fractures: total quality management and protocol-driven care result in better outcomes for a frail patient population." J Am Geriatr Soc 56(7): 1349-56. PMID: 18503520
Please locate articles on the patient-centered medical home.
What are the outcomes of carotid stenting in reducing CVA risk?
What are the benefits and side effects of using steroids in temporal arteritis in elderly patients?
Is there any standardization for consenting patients for procedures when there is some cognitive impairment? If a patient is mildly impaired and risk is minimal, can they consent? Are there standards for assessing capacity to consent for procedures?
Please do a literature search on articles published by the Donald W Reynolds Foundation grantees that discuss design, implementation, and evaluation of geriatrics curriculum in medical schools and residency programs
What is the effect of applying higher-level thinking recreational and leisurely activities, such as word puzzles, brainteasers, and games, on improving or maintaining cognitive skills in later life in elderly persons with either normal or impaired cognition? Does level of education or history of engaging in cognitively challenging activities make a difference in patients' future cognitive performance?
What are the long term post-op effects of ileostomy and ileal conduit in older patients? (metabolic, nutritional, infectious especially)