Developing a comprehensive geriatric genogram assessment tool

Tali Samson, Roni Peleg, Aya Biderman, Yan Press

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    Abstract

    Background: The use of graphic depictions (pictorials) to represent medical conditions is an accepted method that can complement standard methodology of comprehensive geriatric assessment. Objectives: To use the clinical pathway method to develop a comprehensive geriatric genogram assessment tool (CGGAT), which could supplement a written summary letter and recommendations. Methods: We used the critical paths method to develop a tool to facilitate implementation of the comprehensive geriatric assessment recommendations. A multidisciplinary group of clinicians used the critical pathways method to develop a CGGAT. Results: We used the CGGAT to depict the physical and functional status of patients and to complement the textual historical information, family dynamics, and current patient issues. CGGAT is a simple instrument that provides a visual structure and it can facilitate the sharing of information among team members, encourage interdisciplinary dialogue, enhance understanding and adherence on the part of patients and professionals, and reduce the burden on the clinicians who conduct the initial comprehensive geriatric assessment. Conclusions: We showed the benefits and obstacles related to the adaptation of this new tool and provide recommendations for further development.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)796-800
    Number of pages5
    JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
    Volume21
    Issue number12
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

    Keywords

    • Clinical pathway
    • Comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA)
    • Elderly
    • Genogram

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Medicine

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