Psychosocial aspects of surgical care in the elderly patient

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Abstract

Delirium, dementia, and depression often complicate the care of elderly surgical patients. Simple screening procedures performed preoperatively and postoperatively facilitate the early detection of these conditions and enable the physician to promptly institute appropriate treatment. Although the evaluation and management of these disorders are often within the range of the surgical treatment team, psychiatric consultation should be obtained when uncertainty exists about diagnosis or therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-240
Number of pages18
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Volume74
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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