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Diagnosis and management of conditions more frequently found in older people form the focus of this learning plan for GPs. The plans provide key learning points on diagnosis, management, follow-up and referral. You can undertake the whole plan to demonstrate that you have studied this area in depth, or use individual modules from the plan to complement your existing learning. You can claim credits for all the modules that you complete.
Dr David Jolley and colleagues discuss pitfalls in making a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, The National Dementia Strategy and management of the condition. Key learning points for GPs and nurses include early detection, changes to the brain and medication.
Dr Richard Day considers comorbidities in older people, including the likelihood of having multiple conditions, primary prevention and prescribing in older people.
Dr Heather Barry and colleagues considers appropriate prescribing in older people, including when to discontinue medications. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include managing non-adherence, and reducing medication burden.
Dr Nick Lance, GPSI in movement disorders, describes his role, and answers questions on diagnosis and management of Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders in primary care.
Dr Pipin Singh provides insight into the pitfalls of assessing older patients and presents case studies of good multidisciplinary care. Educational points for GPs and other primary healthcare professionals include common drug side-effects and assessing mental capacity.
This article by Dr Mark Jopling covers the causes and contributing factors to falls in the elderly, plus how to assess a frequent faller and prevent falls. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include identifying the cause of a fall such as tripping or syncope, the link between polypharmacy and falls, and suitable investigations.