Basics of geriatric medicine (ARCHIVED)

by Dr Vellingiri Raja Badrakalimuthu


Last updated: October 2013


Please note: This module has now been archived. It is still available to view, but please be aware when completing the module that it was last updated in 2013. A CPD certificate is available for the module, but this will be subject to the approval of your peer group. If you are a consultant-level psychiatrist interested in updating this material, please contact us.


The interface between psychogeriatrics and geriatric medicine is complex, particularly with overlapping presentations between physical and mental illness. Illnesses tend to have an atypical presentation with rapid progression, the history of the patient may be incomplete and rigorous examination may not be feasible. These factors impact on social welfare, causing greater morbidity and mortality.


This module offers fundamental strategies for old age psychiatrists to:     


  • understand symptoms


  • take a robust history


  • perform a structured examination


  • arrive methodically at a differential diagnosis


  • interpret investigations


  • manage common physical illnesses in the elderly.


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