T.S. Dharmarajan, MD; Abishek Kumar, MD
Potential Conflicts of Interest: Dr. Dharmarajan: Employment: Vice Chairman of Medicine and Geriatrics Program Director; Payment for lectures including service on speakers bureaus: occasionally paid for CME lectures.
Dharmarajan T, Kumar A. Dialogue on Geriatrics: How Should We Fix the Problem?. Ann Intern Med. 2012;157:457. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-157-6-201209180-00019
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2012;157(6):457.
TO THE EDITOR:
The recent In the Balance articles by Golden and colleagues (1) and Leipzig and colleagues (2) invoke much thought. Isn't it premature to declare geriatric medicine terminal rather than address factors for its perceived decline with solutions for healing?
The aging of America warrants development of programs that address functional decline and disability in the elderly (3). The shortage of geriatricians will continue, calling for physician competency in geriatrics (4). Besides internal medicine, several specialties are formulating approaches to include training in geriatric care (4). The American Gastroenterological Association issued a position paper (5) supporting this concept; oncology and other specialties will follow.
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