Chapter 25. Caring for the Elderly

  1. Brian H. Rowe MD, MSc, CCFP(EM), FCCP Professor Research Director
  1. Christopher R. Carpenter MD, MSc Assistant Professor1,
  2. Michael Stern MD Assistant Professor of Medicine2 and
  3. Arthur B. Sanders MD Professor3

Published Online: 27 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch25

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

How to Cite

Carpenter, C. R., Stern, M. and Sanders, A. B. (2008) Caring for the Elderly, in Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine (ed B. H. Rowe), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch25

Editor Information

  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Author Information

  1. 1

    Division of Emergency Medicine, St. Louis School of Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, USA

  3. 3

    Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 31 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405161435

Online ISBN: 9781444303674



  • Caring for the Elderly;
  • activities of daily living (ADLs);
  • hospital in home (HIH) care model;
  • quantitative measure of treatment effect – number needed to treat (NNT);
  • comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA);
  • Hopkins' Verbal Learning Test and 7-minute screen;
  • ED patients (population) undergoing comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA);
  • Cochrane Library, MEDLINE and EMBASE;
  • Informant Questionnaire on Cognitive Decline in the Elderly (IQCODE);
  • Modified Mini Mental Status Examination (MMSE), Mini-Cog, Six-Item Screener (SIS)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Case scenario

  • Background

  • Clinical questions

  • General search strategy

  • Critical appraisal of the literature

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgments

  • Conflicts of interest

  • References