Geriatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation: Common principles, complementary approaches, and 21st century demographics

Dale C. Strasser, David H. Solomon, John R. Burton

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Abstract

The demographic changes occurring in the United States transcend the capabilities of any specific medical specialty to provide optimum care for the elderly. This commentary discusses a statement of principles drafted by representatives of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation who collaborated with members of 9 other medical and surgical specialties. In this commentary, we argue that geriatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) share common principles and complementary approaches. We urge physiatrists and other rehabilitation professionals to address the needs of elderly patients and recommend that these principles be incorporated into PM&R practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1323-1324
Number of pages2
JournalArchives of physical medicine and rehabilitation
Volume83
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2002

Keywords

  • Geriatrics
  • Physical medicine
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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