Show Summary Details
Page of

Service models 

Service models
Service models

Finbarr Martin

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 15 October 2021

Key points

There is increasing concern about quality of care received by older people in our health services.

Real progress over recent decades in overcoming ignorance and ageism is at risk if these services cannot become age-attuned.

Today’s older people are older, more numerous, and present complex challenges of multimorbidity and frailty.

Traditional divisions of staff and skills between primary and secondary care, and between clinical specialties, are an obstacle to meeting the challenge.

Promising innovative new models of care are emerging and will need refinement through research and experience.

Skills and attitudes needed to recognize and manage the geriatric syndromes must be mainstreamed through education, training, and dissemination of good practice.

Specialists in old-age medicine and mental health cannot do it all, but must champion this transformation.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.