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Week 3 Geriatric Assessment Tools Question 1 Students will not receive credit for any discussions posted after Sunday 11:59pm MT. Review the course library page list of available screening tools. Link to Library (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Scroll down and look on the left hand side of the screen: Geriatric Assessment tools Choose two assessment tools that are appropriate for primary care (excluding depression, anxiety and pain screening tools) and discuss the following: explain the purpose of the tool scoring guidelines how you apply the assessment in practice *If you would like to present a screening tool that is not listed, contact your instructor for approval. Hi Dr. Schroetter Understanding the elderly represents the largest patient populations seeking medical care one has to become well prepared for developing and learning skills necessary to meet their needs. These individuals can present seeking help for a variety of physical and mental disorders. Physical disorders may be considered at the time easier to manage in comparison to mental disorders. This may be the case because patients readily report physical symptoms but many will not report symptoms related to mental disorders. The reasons for this occurrence are many. For example, patients may not report symptoms because they may think those are not essential symptoms or maybe because they do not think those symptoms may be related to other illness. Additionally, many cultures do not consider mental illnesses to be real or essential to treat and tend to ignore or hide the symptoms (Blazer & Schultz, 2018). As Nurse Practitioner students, it is imperative that we understand the many challenges and risks the elderly population present concerning mental disorders. Suicide is a significant risk for this population. Several nationwide and worldwide studies have demonstrated that the highest population committing suicide is the elderly ( Bertolote &Fleischman, 2015). Thus, we have an opportunity to help patients who may be suffering from mental disorders that may not have realized it or refuse to admit to them.
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Our textbook discusses the many screening tools available to assist in the care of the elderly patient. Among these tools are the Katz Activities of Daily Living scale, Lawton & Brody Scale for Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, Time Get Up & Go Test, the PHQ9 (Patient Health Questionnaire), the Mini-Cog Test, and the Geriatric Depression Scale-Short Form (GDS:SF) just to mention some (Kennedy-Malone, Fletcher & Martin-Plank, 2014). Some of these screening tests and scales may be considered more useful and practical than others. Because time is always an issue for healthcare providers, we want to use the most practical and reliable tools available. The Mini-Cog Test is one such tool. The test consists of a three-item recall test and a score clock drawing. This test is scored by giving 1 point for each correct word recalled correctly and simply assess if the clock was drawn correctly. A patient that
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