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Recent papers on geriatrics

Tired of wading through journals? Overwhelmed by too much evidence? In this series a GPwSI cuts to the bottom line on papers from recent months that will change the way they practise. This month, Dr Chris Dunstan looks at papers on care of the elderly that have caught his eye.

Tired of wading through journals? Overwhelmed by too much evidence? In this series a GPwSI cuts to the bottom line on papers from recent months that will change the way they practise. This month, Dr Chris Dunstan looks at papers on care of the elderly that have caught his eye.

Dr Hilary Pinnock believes GPs must be 'opportunistic' in inquiring after their asthma patients and use a range of approaches to monitor their health.

Dr Pinnock, a General Practice Airways Group clinical research fellow at the University of Aberdeen, advises the use of telephone consultations as the next best thing to seeing patients face to face. 'Maybe they do need to be seen, but at least you're getting in contact. It's better than a letter,' she said.

She added that GPs should ask patients about their asthma even when they were consulting about something else, and ensure that all members of the practice team were aware of the patient's condition.

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