Review in geriatric medicine

Monod, S.éf.; Rochat, S.ép.; Gold, G.; Büla, C.

Revue Medicale Suisse 5(185): 19-24


ISSN/ISBN: 1660-9379
PMID: 19216320
Document Number: 14715
Several studies published in 2008 underline the potential danger of polymedication in older patients and propose indicators to identify those at higher risk for adverse events. A study from Oregon highlighted the difficulties to diagnose depression in patients, especially older ones, who made a request for assisted suicide. The HYVET study demonstrated that treatment of hypertension is beneficial even in some very old persons. A meta-analysis confirmed the benefits from community-based geriatric interventional programs, in particular when targeting older individuals recently discharged from the hospital. Finally, mixed results were observed in the field of dementia.

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