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Principles and organization of care 

Principles and organization of care
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date: 28 June 2022

Care of older people living in the community relies on primary care physicians. When the accumulation of ageing, chronic conditions, or acute problems has an impact on physical or mental function, comprehensive geriatric care has to be incorporated in usual primary care to understand, coordinate, manage, and prevent diseases and disabilities.

Primary care physicians play key roles in the care of older subjects, including prevention and screening for diseases and geriatric problems, management of chronic disease and multimorbidity, detection and management of frailty and early disability, home, end-of-life and nursing home care, and continuity and customization of care. Incorporation of geriatric principles may improve performance and outcomes in each of these tasks.

In addition, using some elements of comprehensive geriatric assessment in primary care management of older patients may help to improve outcomes.

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