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Chapter 1 - Essential principles in the care of the elderly

from Section I - General approach to the care of the elderly

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 June 2016

Jan Busby-Whitehead
University of North Carolina
Christine Arenson
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
Samuel C. Durso
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Daniel Swagerty
University of Kansas
Laura Mosqueda
University of Southern California
Maria Fiatarone Singh
University of Sydney
William Reichel
Georgetown University, Washington DC
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The core principle that should guide any health professional caring for older adults and their families is that the "secret of caring for the patient is in caring for the patient." (Peabody). Practitioners must understand the most up-to-date biomedical and psychosocial aspects of aging, health, wellness, and disease, and strive to support the older adult to remain as active, functional, and engaged as possible. At the same time, practitioners must recognize and help patients and families understand when a palliative approach will be most effective at meeting their goals. The Choosing Wisely campaign launched the American Board of Internal Medicine provides targeted guidance to clinicians to provide care that is effective and efficient, consistent with the essential principles.
Reichel's Care of the Elderly
Clinical Aspects of Aging
, pp. 1 - 16
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2016

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