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J R Coll Gen Pract. 1981 January; 31(222): 41–44.
PMCID: PMC1971896

Home visiting by a geriatric department

Abstract

The practice of home visiting by the geriatrician in an inner city area is described. Visiting was of two kinds: domiciliary consultations made at the request of the general practitioner, and visits made with the consent of the general practitioner to see whether hospital admission was essential. Since 1962, 4,000 visits have been made, and in a sample of 100 visits made in 1977, 45 were domiciliary consultations and 55 followed requests for admission. Fifty-six patients were admitted at once and five following a subsequent outpatient appointment. The patients were referred by 51 general practitioners. At none of the consultations was the geriatrician accompanied by the general practitioner. Referral information given by the general practitioners was analysed. Information about acute physical disease and social conditions was commonly given but reference to psychological state, chronic disabilities, and drug therapy was much less common. Drugs were mentioned in only 27 referrals. More complete referrals would have been valuable to the geriatrician and to the general practitioner in deciding their courses of action. More accompanied visits and reference to a check-list consisting of acute physical disease, psychological state, social conditions, chronic disabilities, and drug therapy is suggested to improve communication and the quality of referrals.

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