Training in care of elderly needs to improve

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 25 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1035
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Leading specialists in the care of elderly people are launching a concerted attack on medical training, research, and services for older people. The first salvo is a national audit for the year 2000 to give a clear picture of how well current training and services meet their health needs.

    The recommendation comes in a report, The Impact of Ageing, published last week by the charity Research for Ageing. The advisory panel, including representatives from medicine, nursing, the Department of Health, and the Audit Commission, reviewed a large body of evidence showing that current health services tend to give elderly people low …

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