182813 - check, unit 566, Aged care, November 2019
This issue of check focuses on the assessment and management of aged care-related presentations in general practice.Relevance to General Practice
Falls are one of the most common concerns for people aged >65 years, with 30% of adults of this age falling at least once per year. Almost 100,000 injuries occurred because of falls in older people in 2012–13, predominantly in women. Dementia is another common presentation, with approximately 7.8% of older Australians living with dementia. The prevalence of multimorbidity increases with age, and up to 80% of older Australians have more than 3 conditions. As a result, older patients tend to be prescribed numerous simultaneous medications: 36.1% of older patients had continuous polypharmacy in 2017. Half of patients do not take their medication as prescribed, emphasising the need for safe deprescribing practices.
Palliative care is also becoming increasingly common in an ageing population. Palliative care–related presentations accounted for one in 1000 GP encounters in 2015–16; 90% of these patients were aged >65 years.
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D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
Communication with family, carers and others involved in the care of the patient is appropriate and clear
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
Rational prescribing and medication monitoring is undertaken
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensionsCurriculum Contextual Units
- Care of older people