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Rev Med Chil. 1994 Dec;122(12):1362-6.

[Geriatric evaluation of elderly patients at a university hospital].

[Article in Spanish]

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Departamento de Medicina Interna, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago.


The aim of this work was to evaluate general aspects, medical diagnoses, degree of disability, mental status and social support of hospitalized elders using a Geriatric Assessment Scale, devised at the Catholic University. Ninety eight hospitalized subjects (58 female, aged 60 to 74 years old) were surveyed before discharge. Results showed that 34% had serious handicaps in their daily living and required third party help, 14% had a moderate cognitive impairment and that 12% lacked social or family support. We conclude that the scale is useful, easy to use and allows to obtain a thorough diagnosis of hospitalized elders.

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