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Hospitalists' Guide to the Care of Older Patients
Hospitalists' Guide to the Care of Older Patients
Hospitalists' Guide to the Care of Older Patients
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The first book designed specifically for hospitalists and other hospital-based staff who need concise, evidence-based guidance on the vital topic of caring for older hospitalized patients

Hospitalists' Guide to the Care of Older Patients is an up-to-date, practical reference in geriatric medicine for hospitalists, as well as other physicians and nurses working in the hospital setting. The book uses numerous tables, figures, and images to highlight the areas of geriatric medicine that are most relevant to hospitalists.

Written by nationally recognized experts, chapters broadly follow the course of hospitalization, from admission through daily care and active management of the transition to post-hospital settings, providing practical, evidence-based guidance at each point. Contents include:

  • A systematic approach to the care of older patients, emphasizing clinical skills and daily activities that can be implemented in today's hospital environment
  • Techniques for effective communication with patients and their caregivers
  • Tools and "pearls" for quickly and accurately assessing the whole patient, including risk for in-hospital complications, function, decision-making capacity, and home support
  • Best practices for prevention and management of the complications of hospitalization, including delirium, falls, pressure ulcers, and hip fractures
  • Specific recommendations in areas with wide practice variation, such as psychopharmacology and nutrition in older hospitalized patients
  • Practical guidance on complex issues, such as establishing goals of care, managing patients who lack decision-making capacity, and managing the discharge transition
  • Methods to improve the daily work and communication of the whole hospital team, including physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers

As the population ages, hospitalists are caring for an increasing number of older patients. This book helps hospitalists expand their knowledge, incorporate key clinical skills into daily practice, build more efficient patient care teams, and teach more effectively in today's fast-paced, complex hospital environment.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction and Overview
Brent C. Williams, Preeti N. Malani, And David H. Wesorick

Chapter 2: The Hospitalized Older Adult: Communication and Physical Examination
Mark E. Williams

Chapter 3: Geriatric Assessment for the Hospitalist
Brent C. Williams

Chapter 4: Informed Decision-Making and the Evaluation Of Decision-Making Capacity
Lisa S. Seyfried, Esther O. Akinyemi, And Scott Y.H. Kim

Chapter 5: Caring for Patients With Limited Prognosis: Negotiating Goals of Care and Planning for the End-Of-Life
Adam D. Marks And Caroline A. Vitale

Chapter 6: Geriatric Pharmacotherapy
Gabe Solomon, Macgregor A. MontaÑO, And Paul C. Walker

Chapter 7: Managing Behavioral Disturbances With Psychoactive Medications: Dos, Don'ts, and Maybes
David C. Belmonte, Jolene Bostwick, And Amy B. Rosinski

Chapter 8: Issues and Controversies Surrounding Nutrition in Hospitalized Older Adults
Lauren W. Mazzurco, Joseph Murray, And Caroline A. Vitale

Chapter 9: Hip Fracture: Managing the Medically Complex, Older Surgical Patient
Paul J. Grant

Chapter 10: Falls and Mobility During Hospitalization
Cynthia J. Brown And Donna M. Bearden

Chapter 11: Pressure Ulcers: A Primer for the Hospitalist
AimÉE D. Garcia

Chapter 12: Delirium
Tia R.M. Kostas And James L. Rudolph

Chapter 13: Transitional Care Planning: Assuring a Safe Discharge
Satyen Nichani, Darius Joshi, And Christopher S. Kim


Edited by:

Brent C. Williams, Preeti N. Malani, David H. Wesorick

Publication Date: September 2013
Number of Pages: 280
ISBN 13: 978-1-118-12792-6
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