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Diagnostic challenges in the older patient

Author(s): Killinger Lisa

Journal: Chiropractic and Manual Therapies
ISSN 2045-709X

Volume: 20;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 28;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Diagnosis | Geriatrics | Polypharmacy | Cognitive health | Delirium | Dementia | Depression | Pathologies | Chiropractic

Abstract Older patients often present with a long, complex history and a clinical picture that frequently includes co-morbidities. It is essential that health professionals caring for older patients become familiar with common age-related changes, and the specific clinical factors that complicate the diagnostic process. A case-based approach is taken in this article to explore the diagnostic challenges in caring for older patients. Three areas of focus are used: a) polypharmacy, b) cognitive issues such as delirium, dementia and depression, and c) increased odds of pathologies and chronic illnesses.
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