Our patients' medical problems make up a large domain in our assessment.
- Among Medicare patients, more than two-thirds have two or more chronic medical conditions.
- Among the 85+ year old group, about 25% have more than 6 chronic medical conditions.
- Geriatricians often focus on how these chronic conditions impact patients' other major domains, including Cognitive (i.e. do their medications worsen or slow thinking?), functional (i.e. do their diseases or medications increase risk of falling?), psychosocial (i.e. does the patient need more caregiver support?), and more.
Polypharmacy: The concurrent use of multiple medications.
Beers List: The Beers list is the most widely used list of drugs used to assess inappropriate drug prescriptions. The list is divided into 3 categories: