Preprint Communication Version 1 This version is not peer-reviewed

Geriatric Medicine in Malaysia- Riding the Wave of Political Change

Version 1 : Received: 7 October 2018 / Approved: 8 October 2018 / Online: 8 October 2018 (12:34:05 CEST)

A peer-reviewed article of this Preprint also exists.

Tan, M.P.; Kamaruzzaman, S.B.; Poi, P.J.H. An Analysis of Geriatric Medicine in Malaysia-Riding the Wave of Political Change. Geriatrics 2018, 3, 80. Tan, M.P.; Kamaruzzaman, S.B.; Poi, P.J.H. An Analysis of Geriatric Medicine in Malaysia-Riding the Wave of Political Change. Geriatrics 2018, 3, 80.

Journal reference: Geriatrics 2018, 3, 80
DOI: 10.3390/geriatrics3040080

Abstract

Malaysia became the centre of international attention when it democratically removed a semi-authoritarian government of 62 years during its 14th general election this year. This electoral success has provided geriatric medicine in Malaysia with the unexpected ageing icon in the oldest prime minister in the world. Political change has led to a wave of optimism for the expansion of geriatric services in Malaysia, which has met with numerous challenges in the last two decades. The number of geriatrics specialists and services had already begun expanding under the previous government. However, existing geriatricians will need to reassess the landscape of delivery and access of care in our rapidly growing ageing population and develop new strategies to truly expand their services. In addition to unrelenting efforts in the recruitment and training of future geriatricians, the steady expansion of the geriatric workforce should take into account the inclusion of geriatric medicine in the undergraduate training curricula of all healthcare professionals. Expansion of geriatric services will also be a cost-effective strategy to reduce the growing national healthcare budget incurred by the growing needs of an ageing population.

Subject Areas

Aged; Geriatrics; Successful Ageing; Care Quality; Health Systems; Training

Comments (0)

We encourage comments and feedback from a broad range of readers. See criteria for comments and our diversity statement.

Leave a public comment
Send a private comment to the author(s)
Views 0
Downloads 0
Comments 0
Metrics 0


×
Alerts
Notify me about updates to this article or when a peer-reviewed version is published.