The elderly

December 2012

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The elderly

December 2012 Vol 41 (12) 913-1008

This month's articles include falls prevention, prescribing and deprescribing, chronic kidney disease, dementia, ethics in clinical practice and elevated serum ferritin.


Chronic problems

Christopher Harrison, Janice Charles, Joan Henderson

Thinking through the medication list

Appropriate prescribing and deprescribing in robust and frail older patients

Sarah N Hilmer, Danijela Gnjidic, David G Le Couteur

Falls prevention in older adults

Assessment and management

Nicholas Waldron, Anne-Marie Hill, Anna Barker


An update on management

Dimity Pond

Chronic kidney disease in the elderly

Assessment and management

Richard KS Phoon

Up front

Reflections on wisdom and self

Sophie Samuel

Letters to the editor

AFP reviewers 2012


Elevated serum ferritin

What should GPs know?

Katie Goot, Simon Hazeldine, Peter Bentley, John Olynyk, Darrell Crawford

Resistant itchy lesions in a young man

Emiliano Grillo, Natalia Jiménez Gómez, Angela Miguel-Morrondo, Sergio Vano-Galvan

Transthoracic echocardiography findings

Implications for clinical management

Jennifer Coller, Duncan Campbell, Henry Krum, David Prior

Evidence based exercise

Clinical benefits of high intensity interval training

Tim Shiraev, Gabriella Barclay

Detecting familial hypercholesterolaemia in general practice

Andrew Kirke, Gerald F Watts, Jon Emery


Comprehensive health assessments for adults with intellectual disability living in the community

Weighing up the costs and benefits

Louisa G Gordon, Libby Holden, Robert S Ware, Miriam T Taylor, Nicholas G Lennox

Uptake of Medicare chronic disease management incentives

A study into service providers’ perspectives

Libby Holden, Ian Douglas Williams, Elizabeth Patterson, Jane Smith, Paul A Scuffham, Lily Cheung, Robyn Chambers, Xanth A Golenko, Robyn Weare

Chronic suppurative otitis media and cholesteatoma in Australia’s refugee population

Jill Benson, Lillian Mwanri

The informal curriculum

General practitioner perceptions of ethics in clinical practice

Nancy J Sturman, Malcolm Parker, Mieke van Driel


Simulation based education

Models for teaching surgical skills in general practice

Sankar Sinha, Nicholas Cooling

Pay-for-performance programs

Do they improve the quality of primary care?

Michael Wright

A is for aphorism

If many treatments are used for a disease, all are insufficient

Georga Cooke, Elaine Beller, Tammy Hoffmann, Chris Del Mar

Back pages

Book reviews

Clinical challenge

Sophie Samuel

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AFP Podcasts

Interviews December 2012

Falls management in the elderly

Dr Nicholas Waldron discussed falls management in the elderly.

Duration: 16 minutes 19 seconds
File size: 4MB

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Dementia management

Professor Dimity Pond discusses dementia management in general practice.

Duration: 18 minutes 16 seconds
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The rational use of medications in the elderly

Associate Professor Sarah Hilmer on the rational use of medications in the elderly.

Duration: 23 minutes 22 seconds
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