ERIC Number: ED294135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Progress Report on Geriatric Medicine.
Recent studies by the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Rand Corporation have suggested that most physicians in the United States are inadequately trained to cope with the care of the elderly, in spite of the fact that over 11% of the population is over age 65. At present, nearly 30% of all health care dollars are spent on persons over the age of 65. It has been estimated that in the near future, physicians will be spending about one-half of their practice time caring for the elderly. It is necessary to start now if there are to be enough health professionals in geriatric medicine to meet this future need. This progress report on geriatric medicine presents, in question-and-answer format, significant questions related to geriatric medicine, including: (1) what is geriatric medicine; (2) how do older people differ medically from younger people; (3) why do we need to improve the training of physicians in geriatric medicine; (4) what qualities are essential in a physician who cares for the elderly; (5) how will a medical profession well-versed in geriatrics benefit society; (6) what has been done to promote the teaching of geriatric medicine; (7) how could geriatrics be worked into medical school curricula; (8) what is the role of the National Institute on Aging; (9) what other training programs are available; (10) what lies ahead; and (11) what further information is available. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. on Aging (DHHS/PHS), Bethesda, MD.