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Multidisciplinary assessment of geriatric patients has been shown to be useful in various settings. Improvements in functional status, decreased medication use, decreased nursing home placement, and even improvements in morbidity and mortality have been demonstrated in studies of geriatric assessment. Geriatric assessment units are being developed throughout the country to meet a growing demand for this type of service and to train clinicians in the care of frail elderly. Most often geriatrics assessment is carried out by a team, usually including a physician, a nurse specialist, and a social worker. Psychiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, dentists, pharmacists, and medical subspecialists
Handbook of Geriatric Assessment. Ann Intern Med. ;111:770. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-111-9-770_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;111(9):770.
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