Comprehensive geriatric assessment of a patient with complex needs
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Comprehensive geriatric assessment of a patient with complex needs

Deborah Birch Nurse consultant for frailty, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Lincolnshire

In the third of a series of articles, Deborah Birch offers a case study involving the assessment of a frail older woman who appeared to have dementia and a urinary tract infection

This is the third in a short series that presents case study examples of the application of comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) in different clinical settings. CGA is a holistic assessment model, which is designed to determine a frail older person’s medical and mental health status, as well as functional, social and environmental issues. When undertaken by nurses, it can enable individualised care planning.

The case study presented explores the application of CGA with an 89-year-old patient with complex health and social care needs. It demonstrates how a hospital admission was avoided and the patient’s health outcomes improved, by using a nurse-led systematic approach to assessment and by careful consideration of CGA domains.

Nursing Older People. 28, 4, 16-20. doi: 10.7748/nop.28.4.16.s20


Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 05 January 2016

Accepted: 23 February 2016

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