Elderly Medicine, A Training Guide, 2nd Edition

Elderly Medicine

2nd Edition A Training Guide

By Gurcharan Rai, MD, MSc, FRCP, Consultant Physician, Department of Care of Older People, Whittington Hospital, London, UK; and Graham Mulley, Professor of Care of the Elderly, University of Leeds Medical School, Leeds, UK


Part 1. General Themes
Biological ageing - its relevance to geriatricians. Social gerontology. Clinical ageing. Investigating older patients. Developing and planning services. Community geriatric care. Medical ethics and the law. Prevention and health promotion. Overview of complexity/co-morbidity. Driving assessment. Carers. Ethnic elders.

Part 2: Core Topics
Urinary incontinence. Falls and instability. Orthogeriatric care. Palliative care. Old age psychiatry. Rehabilitation. Management of stroke. Clinical aspects of pressure sores. Therapeutics.

Part 3: Selected Topics
Section 1: Central Nervous System
The management of Parkinson's disease. Syncope and dizziness. Gait disorders.
Section 2: Cardiovascular System
When to treat hypertension. Abdominal aortic aneurysm and peripheral vascular disease. The management of atrial fibrillation in the older patient.
Section 3: Respiratory System
Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Tuberculosis. Respiratory rehabilitation.
Section 4: Gastrointestinal System
Oral health. Faecal incontinence and constipation.
Section 5: Genitourinary
Prostate diseases. Urinary tract infections. Sexuality and ageing.
Section 6: Bone and locomotor System
Management of osteoporosis. Painful shoulder. Foot disorders. Contractures.
Section 7: Cancer
Cancer in old age.
Section 8: Vision and Hearing
Ophthalmology. Hearing disorders.
Section 9: Skin
Pruritus. Leg ulcers.
Section 10: Infection
Preventing infections.
Section 11: Nutrition and feeding disorders
Nutrition. Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy feeding.
Part 4: Personal and professional skills
Education. All you need to know about management in one chapter. Preparing for a consultant post. Time management and organizing paperwork. Dealing with complaints. Maintaining morale. Keeping up to date. Making the most of information technology. Professional issues. Research and audit.
Answers to self-assessment questions.
Index.