James R. Webster, MD
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Webster JR. How and Why We Should Move Our Geriatric Cheese. Ann Intern Med. 2001;135:641-642. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-135-8_Part_2-200110161-00001
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2001;135(8_Part_2):641-642.
Providing care for frail vulnerable elderly patients is quite different from caring for younger patients, who usually present with a clearly defined, single disease. The former routinely have more undifferentiated and challenging syndromes. Taking care of these patients is professionally challenging but rewarding, and given the changing demographics of internists' patients, it is becoming much more prevalent. The Assessing Care of Vulnerable Elders (ACOVE) manuscripts published in this supplement will enhance the abilities of all physicians to improve our management of the syndromes discussed and to evaluate how well we are succeeding.
The papers in this supplement cover all aspects of evidence-based geriatric medicine. Used as recommended, the papers can be wonderful instruments to ensure quality, avoid errors, and highlight areas that should be made a high priority for improvement. Their format and the supporting evidence provided for each topic make them terrific educational tools. The authors point out that the quality indicators listed in each paper are not to be used to audit individual physicians; rather, they are to be used to monitor how we all practice within our various sites, systems, and settings.
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