Comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) is a multi-dimensional and usually interdisciplinary diagnostic process designed to determine a frail older person’s medical conditions, mental health, functional capacity and social circumstances. The purpose is to plan and carry out a holistic plan for treatment, rehabilitation, support and long term follow up. CGA is part of an integrated approach to assessment based on the following principles:
CGA is a holistic approach with a multidimensional and interdisciplinary assessment of an older adult. Physicians use this information to develop treatments and long-term plans and arrange for rehabilitative services, organise and facilitate case management, and make the best use of healthcare resources. In the comprehensive geriatric assessment, we will focus on individuals with complex problems and find workable solutions’ will put emphasis on functional status and improve quality of life. While undertaking CGA we will work as a team and involve other professionals like physiotherapist, occupational therapist and speech therapist if required.
Standard medical evaluations work well in younger non-complex populations, it tends to miss some of the most prevalent problems faced by the older patients.
"Five I's of Geriatrics", also called geriatric giants include Intellectual impairment, Immobility, Instability, Incontinence and Iatrogenicity (drug and environment-induced disorders) are better managed by this process in a holistic and comprehensive way.
The initial assessment and care planning for a full CGA is likely to take at least 1 hour of professional time, plus the necessary time for care plan negotiation and documentation. All patients with frailty benefit from a holistic medical reviewed based on the principles of CGA.
Minimise unnecessary visits to various healthcare professionals.
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