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Geriatrics Evaluation and Management in the Veterans Administration– An Historical Perspective

Version 1 : Received: 13 July 2018 / Approved: 14 July 2018 / Online: 14 July 2018 (23:52:54 CEST)

How to cite: Powers, J.; Eubank, K. Geriatrics Evaluation and Management in the Veterans Administration– An Historical Perspective. Preprints 2018, 2018070256 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201807.0256.v1). Powers, J.; Eubank, K. Geriatrics Evaluation and Management in the Veterans Administration– An Historical Perspective. Preprints 2018, 2018070256 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201807.0256.v1).

Abstract

Comprehensive geriatric assessment, defined as an interdisciplinary assessment and development of an overall plan of treatment and follow-up, has become a fundamental part of clinical geriatric care. Since the 1970s, the Veterans Administration has encouraged the development of geriatric evaluation and management programs. Evolution of geriatric evaluation and management has occurred over time and many VA medical centers have transferred inpatient geriatric evaluation programs to long-term care Community Living Centers (CLC) and outpatient settings. Availability of resources and trained personnel across the continuum of care as well as administrative facilitation of collaboration between care components are critical to the efficient utilization of geriatric services. Facilities may need to prioritize their resources and utilize the most effective and relevant elements of geriatric evaluation and management according to patient population needs, available space, resources, and institutional priorities.

Subject Areas

Geriatric Evaluation and Management, Acute Care for Elders, Geriatric Rehabilitation

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