Geriatric multidimensional assessment for elderly patients with acute respiratory diseases

Giuseppe Bellelli, Adriana Bruni, Mara Malerba, Andrea Mazzone, Stefano Aliberti, Alberto Pesci, Giorgio Annoni

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The case of an 87-year-old woman who falls at home and is admitted to the Emergency Department of an acute hospital with delirium exemplify a common situation that physicians face in their everyday clinical practice. We describe the typical context of frailty in which acute illnesses frequently present in frail elderly patients and, in particular, the relationship between comorbidity, disability and frailty. We also report the current knowledge about frailty theories and we focus on the "atypical" presentation of many acute illnesses. Major attention is devoted on delirium and on mobility impairment, two of the most common atypical symptoms of elderly frail subjects. Finally we describe the evidence on the comprehensive geriatric assessment, i.e., the method that is required to identify and understand the ultimate needs of elderly complex subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-311
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Internal Medicine
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Comorbidity
  • Comprehensive geriatric assessment
  • Disability
  • Elderly
  • Frailty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Medicine(all)

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Bellelli, G., Bruni, A., Malerba, M., Mazzone, A., Aliberti, S., Pesci, A., & Annoni, G. (2014). Geriatric multidimensional assessment for elderly patients with acute respiratory diseases. European Journal of Internal Medicine, 25(4), 304-311. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejim.2014.03.002

Geriatric multidimensional assessment for elderly patients with acute respiratory diseases. / Bellelli, Giuseppe; Bruni, Adriana; Malerba, Mara; Mazzone, Andrea; Aliberti, Stefano; Pesci, Alberto; Annoni, Giorgio.

In: European Journal of Internal Medicine, Vol. 25, No. 4, 2014, p. 304-311.

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Bellelli, G, Bruni, A, Malerba, M, Mazzone, A, Aliberti, S, Pesci, A & Annoni, G 2014, 'Geriatric multidimensional assessment for elderly patients with acute respiratory diseases', European Journal of Internal Medicine, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 304-311. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejim.2014.03.002
Bellelli, Giuseppe ; Bruni, Adriana ; Malerba, Mara ; Mazzone, Andrea ; Aliberti, Stefano ; Pesci, Alberto ; Annoni, Giorgio. / Geriatric multidimensional assessment for elderly patients with acute respiratory diseases. In: European Journal of Internal Medicine. 2014 ; Vol. 25, No. 4. pp. 304-311.
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