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Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

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GALVEZ-CANO, Miguel; CHAVEZ-JIMENO, Helver  and  ALIAGA-DIAZ, Elizabeth. Usefulness of the comprehensive geriatric assessment for evaluating the health of older adults. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2016, vol.33, n.2, pp.321-327. ISSN 1726-4634.

Older adults comprise a heterogeneous population group that usually has a high disease burden, comorbidities, and, in many cases, subclinical conditions that compromise their health and quality of life. In addition to the physical component, the health conditions of elderly individuals are significantly influenced by cognitive and affective components, social and family factors such as abandonment, and functional factors including the ability to perform everyday activities. In response to this complex scenario, the comprehensive geriatric evaluation constitutes a multidimensional and interdisciplinary diagnostic tool that assesses the health of older adults in all of its complexity by considering the physical, mental, social/family, and functional needs to obtain full knowledge of older person’s health status and creating a plan that consists of appropriate and individualized interventions that considers the preferences and values of older individuals and their families.

Keywords : Aged; Geriatric assessment; Comprehensive health care.

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