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DrugInfo seminar: Building an older adult treatment service
 

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Presentation given by Simon Ruth, Director, Complex Services, Community Health, Peninsula Health, 5 September 2011.

Presentation given by Simon Ruth, Director, Complex Services, Community Health, Peninsula Health, 5 September 2011.

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  • Cognitive decline Higher BAC from dose Increased injuries, falls Medication interactions Increased suicides Sleep disorders Increase in body fat Decrease in body water content Decrease in gastrointestinal tract functions Decrease in albumin Decrease in liver function Decrease in kidney function Under-reporting of symptoms Problems are not recognised Assumption that older adults do not respond to treatment Symptoms being perceived as a function of age Low expectations regarding any improvement in older adults’ quality of life even if treatment is successful
  • Stronger direction 12 Step? Reporting? Family work Better assessments Pharmacotherapy exit points
  • Self-report Age-specific Good psychometric properties: Sensitivity = 93% (cf. 28% for AUDIT) Specificity = 63% (cf. 100% for AUDIT)

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