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Little benefit from comprehensive assessment of older people in general practice

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Professor Fletcher comments: "It is disappointing that our trial, which is by far the largest ever conducted does not provide support for the policy of comprehensive in-depth assessment of older people in general practice. We need to find effective strategies to improve the health and well-being of older people but it is essential that these are rigorously evaluated before their introduction as policy"

In an accompanying commentary (p 1641), Andreas Stuck (University of Berne, Switzerland) and colleagues conclude: "Clearly, the trial's findings should inform the implementation of the UK National Service Framework Programme, which calls for health promotion in older people and a uniform geriatric assessment process. The number of disabled older people is expected to increase worldwide over the next decades. Programmes that reduce or delay the onset of disability in older people should therefore receive high policy priority."


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4-Nov-2004


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