Improved Care for Patients on a New Geriatric Evaluation Unit


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ABSTRACT: An analysis is presented of a geriatric evaluation unit (GEU) established at the Sepulveda VA Medical Center in 1979 to provide comprehensive interdisciplinary assessment and treatment of geriatric inpatients. The data on 74 patients admitted during the first year show that major improvements can occur in several outcome areas. Placement location was improved over expectations in 48.4 percent of patients, thus permitting a higher level of independence with a lower level of care requirements. Functional status (Katz ADL scale) improved in two‐thirds of the patients who could have shown improvement. An average of almost four new treatable disorders not noted by previous physicians were diagnosed per patient. The mean daily number of prescribed drugs was reduced by 32 percent per patient, and the total number of drug doses by 43 percent. Though limited by the unique aspects of the VA situation and by lack of a control group, the findings lend support to the efficacy and value of the GEU concept. (A randomized controlled study is in progress.) 1981 The American Geriatrics Society

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)531-536
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1981

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