Letters Prevention in elderly people

Later life's complexity needs a scalpel rather than an axe

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39311.447407.3A (Published 23 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:361
  1. Desmond O'Neill, associate professor, medical gerontology
  1. Centre for Ageing, Neurosciences and the Humanities, Adelaide and Meath Hospital Dublin, Dublin 24, Republic of Ireland
  1. des.oneill{at}amnch.ie

    The key features of ageing are increased inter-individual variability, complexity, and comorbidity, which is why indicators of quality of care based on single disease models work less well among older than younger people. However, it is a far cry from this …

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