Forty-eight consecutive consultations to a Geriatrics Consultation Service located within a tertiary medical center were reviewed. Medical (56%) and psychiatric (27%) services were the major sources of referrals. Mean age of patients seen was 76.6 ± 1.5 years. Forty-three new problems were identified by the consultation team. Of the 167 recommendations made, 84 percent were followed by the Primary Health Care Team. It was common for the consult team to discover several previously unlisted problems which were at least as important as the original reason for consultation. A geriatrics consultation team can play a significant role in patient management as well as education regarding the specific needs and problems of the elderly.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology