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Introduction 

Introduction
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Introduction
Author(s):

Mikhail Kogan

and Kyle Meehan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190466268.003.0001
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date: 23 October 2019

Integrative geriatrics is the new field of medicine that advocates for whole-person, patient-centered, primarily nonpharmacological approaches to the medical care of the elderly. Most current geriatric practices overprescribe medications and procedures and underuse nonpharmacological low-cost and high-touch methods. Integrative geriatrics interventions such as nutrition, movement therapies, and mind–body and spirituality approaches allow patients to follow a different path to their health care. This book provides detailed evidence-based information for all health care providers and advocates who work with the geriatric population. Directed toward providers in outpatient settings and to those who work in nursing homes, assisted living, independent living, and senior community centers, it also provides valuable information for leaders and politicians who are setting up policies and procedures for the care of the elderly who are looking for safer, less costly, and more patient-centered approaches.

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