Geriatric Orthopaedics: a New Paradigm for Management of Older Patients

Carmen E. Quatman, Julie A Switzer

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Abstract

Purpose of Review: Fragility fractures have become a worldwide epidemic that has necessitated a paradigm shift in how we approach the care for elderly orthopaedic patients. There is a great need for subspecialty trained orthopaedic surgeons to help bridge the gap and help with transition of care in geriatric orthopaedic patients. Recent Findings: Not only are the surgical needs of elderly patients different than younger patients but often the complexity of co-morbidities and bio-psychosocial needs are important considerations for patient care and outcomes. Summary: Geriatric orthopaedic fellowship training is a crucial paradigm shift to provide the most efficient, safe, supportive, and cost-effective musculoskeletal healthcare for elderly patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-19
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Geriatrics Reports
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

Keywords

  • Bone health
  • Fragility fracture
  • Geriatric orthopaedics
  • Orthopaedic fellowship training
  • Osteoporosis

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