Assessment of older people 1 : definition, principles and tools

Wiltjer, H and Kendall, NA ORCID: 2019, 'Assessment of older people 1 : definition, principles and tools' , Nursing Times, 115 (5) , pp. 37-40.

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Older people often have multiple and complex care needs, so assessing them is a highly skilled activity. Their health issues and care needs are sometimes summed up in 'catchy' phrases, but it is important to adopt a comprehensive, multidisciplinary and patient-centred approach to their assessment. In today's healthcare system, pressures on time and resources can mean that certain aspects of assessments are prioritised over others, which can be detrimental to comprehensiveness. This first article in a six-part series outlines the fundamental principles of the assessment of older people. Subsequent articles will explore the five domains that should be explored when assessing older people: the physical, psychological, functional, social and spiritual domains.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Nursing Times
Publisher: Emap Inform
ISSN: 0954-7762
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Depositing User: NA Kendall
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2019 11:32
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 03:10

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