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Clinical Guidelines & Recommendations

American Geriatrics Society Position Statement: Making Medical Treatment Decisions for Unbefriended Older Adults

This position statement, developed by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Ethics Committee, outlines new guidance on care and decision-making for a unique and growing group of older adults: the “unbefriended.” As an update to earlier guidance released in 1996, the AGS Ethics Committee developed these new recommendations in collaboration with

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Person-Centered Care: A Definition and Essential Elements

An expert panel convened by the American Geriatrics Society , in collaboration with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and with support from The SCAN Foundation, released findings from a project defining “person-centered care.” Based on a comprehensive literature review and qualitative research, the panel descr

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American Geriatrics Society Position Statement: Achieving High-Quality Multicultural Geriatric Care

This position statement, developed by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Ethnogeriatrics Committee, outlines healthcare disparities in the United States and the minimum quality indicators that healthcare organizations and healthcare providers should adopt to ensure that all older adults receive care that is culturally appropriate and takes into

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American Geriatrics Society Updated Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults

The specific aim of this project was to update the previous Beers Criteria using a comprehensive, systematic review and grading of the evidence on drug-related problems and adverse drug events in older adults.

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Optimal Perioperative Management of the Geriatric Patient

The older adult population (>65 years) is growing at a rapid rate, and a significant percentage of older adults undergo surgical procedures. This population has a unique set of needs owing to the effects of aging, some of which make them particularly prone to postoperative complications and a prolonged recovery. The purpose of this document is t

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American Geriatrics Society Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults Position Statement

There is ample evidence that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals face discrimination in the healthcare setting.

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American Geriatrics Society Clinical Practice Guideline for Postoperative Delirium in Older Adults

The overall goal of this clinical guideline is to improve clinical care of adults 65 years and older through prevention and treatment of delirium in the postoperative setting.

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Choosing Wisely®: List: Tests and Treatments that Older Patients and Providers Should Question

The AGS is pleased to be partnering with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation's Choosing Wisely® Campaign to help physicians, patients, and other healthcare stakeholders

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American Geriatrics Society Feeding Tubes in Advanced Dementia Position Statement

The Feeding Tubes in Advanced Dementia Position Statement is now revised in response to studies regarding the natural history of eating difficulties and tube feeding in persons with advanced dementia.

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Guiding Principles for the Care of Older Adults with Multimorbidity: A Stepwise Approach for Clinicians

These articles present a clinical approach to the care of older people with multimorbidity that describes guiding principles for the clinical management of this population.

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Geriatric Emergency Department Guidelines

The purpose of these Geriatric Emergency Department Guidelines is to provide a standardized set of guidelines that can effectively improve the care of the geriatric population and which is feasible to implement in the Emergency Department.

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Guidelines for Improving the Care of Older Adults with Diabetes Mellitus: 2013 Update and Supplemental Information

The AGS 2013 updated Guidelines for Improving the Care of Older Adults with Diabetes Mellitus continues to assist clinicians with tailoring diabetes care to the needs of individual persons with diabetes.

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American Geriatrics Society Consensus Statement: Vitamin D for Prevention of Falls and their Consequences in Older Adults

The AGS published this Consensus Statement to help primary care practitioners achieve adequate vitamin D intake from all sources in their older patients, with the goal of reducing falls and fall-related injuries.

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Updated American Geriatrics Society/British Geriatrics Society Clinical Practice Guideline for Prevention of Falls in Older Persons and Recommendations

Included are the American Geriatrics Society/British Geriatrics Society (AGS/BGS) Clinical Practice Guideline: Prevention of Falls in Older Person (2010) and a summary and list of these recommendations.

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Quality Improvement in Neurology: Dementia Management Quality Measures

This executive summary (full manuscript available at www.neurology.org) reports on a new measurement set for dementia management developed by an interdisciplinary Dementia Measures Work Group representing the major national organizations and advocacy organizations concerned with the care of individuals with dementia.

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Optimal Preoperative Assessment  of the Geriatric Surgical Patient

American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP)/American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Best Practices Guidelines: Optimal Preoperative Assessment of the Geriatric Surgical Patient

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP)/American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Best Practices Guidelines focus on the optimal preoperative assessment of the geriatric surgical patient.

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Reference Guide to Ethics Domains Relevant to Palliative Care

In the course of caring for older individuals, clinicians may encounter cases in which there are conflicts in values between stakeholders or uncertainties about the right thing to do. These conflicts and uncertainties result in ethical dilemmas which can pose challenging questions for all involved. In this reference, the Ethics Committee of t

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