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Supporting older peoples’ care in surgical and oncological services 

Supporting older peoples’ care in surgical and oncological services
Supporting older peoples’ care in surgical and oncological services

Jugdeep Dhesi

, and Judith Partridge

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date: 25 February 2021

The clinical profile of patients presenting for elective and emergency surgery and for oncological treatment is changing. Patients are now older and more complex with coexisting multimorbidity and geriatric syndromes. There is increasing recognition of the need to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and the experience of patients in this vulnerable group. Achieving the best outcomes requires attention to asessment, quantification of risk, and proactive and responsive management among other aspects. Such wide-ranging interventions cannot be delivered by single specialties, but require collaboration across disciplines and specialties to ensure delivery of patient-centred services, relevant education, and training, and a research programme that aims to inform routine clinical practice.

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