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Readings for the ACE Unit Geriatrics Rotation by Topic


Gleason O.C. Delirium. American Family Physician, Mar. 2003: 67(5):1027-34.

Inouye S.K., Bogardus S.T. Jr., Charpentier P.A., Leo-Summers L., Acampora D., Holford TR., Cooney LM Jr. A multicomponent intervention to prevent delirium in hospitalized older patients. New England Journal of Medicine. 340(9):669-76.

Inouye S.K., van Dyck C.H., Alessi C.A., Balkin S., Siegal A.P., Horwitz R.I. Clarifying confusion: the confusion assessment method. A new method for detection of delirium.[see comment].
Annals of Internal Medicine. 1990; 113(12)


Karlawish J.H.T., Quill T., Meier D. A consensus-based approach to practicing palliative care for patients who lack decision-making capacity. Annals Intern Med 130:835-840, 1999.

Clarke, C.M. and J.H.T. Karlawish. Alzheimer’s Disease: Current Concepts and Emerging Diagnostic and Therapeutic Strategies. Annals of Internal Medicine 2003; 138(5): 400-410.

Knopman D.S., DeKosky S.T., Cummings, MD et al. Practice Prameter: Diagnosis of dementia (an eidence-based review). Neurology, May 2001: 56: 1143-1153.


Brown PJ, Rutherford BR, Yaffe K, Tandler JM, Ray JL,   Pott E, Chung S, Roose SP,: The Depressed Frail Phenotype: The Clinical Manifestation of Increased Biological Aging.   Am J Geriatr Psychiatry 2016



Taylor WD, Aizenstein HJ, Alexopoulos GS.: The vascular depression hypothesis: mechanisms linking vascular disease with depression.  Mol Psychiatry. 2013 Sep;18(9):963-74.




Eaton D.A., Roland P.S. Dizziness in the older adult, Part 1. Evaluation and general treatment strategies. Geriatrics. 2003; 58(4):28-36.

Eaton D.A., Roland P.S. Dizziness in the older adult, Part 2. Treatments for causes of the four most common symptoms. Geriatrics. 2003; 58(4):46, 49-52.

Ethics/Decision Making

Karlawish J.H.T., Casarett D.A. Competency and decision-making capacity. In Sugarman J, ed. Twenty Common Problems. Ethics in Primary Care, 1st edition New York: McGraw-Hill Co. Chapter 18:225-237, 2000.

Karlawish J.H., Quill T., Meier D.E. A consensus-based approach to providing palliative care to patients who lack decision-making capacity. ACP-ASIM End-of-Life Care Consensus Panel. American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine. Annals of Internal Medicine. 1999; 130(10):835-40.


AGS/BGS Panel: Guideline for the Prevention of Falls in Older Persons. Journal of American Geriatrics Society. 2001:49:5:664-672

Tinetti, M. Preventing Falls in Elderly Persons. New England Journal of Medicine. 2003; 348: 42-49.

Nutrition/Feeding Tubes

Teno JM, Gozalo P, Mitchell SL, Kuo S, Fulton AT, MorV.: Feeding Tubes and the Prevention or Healing of Pressure Ulcers. Arch Intern Med. 2012 May 14; 172(9): 697–701.


Sampson EL, Candy B, Jones L.: Enteral tube feeding for older people with advanced dementia.Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009 Apr 15;(2):CD007209.


Finucane T., Christmas C., Travis K. Tube Feeding in Patients with Advanced Dementia: A Review of the Evidence. JAMA, October, 1999; 282(14):1365-1370.

Palliative Care

Youngwerth J1, Min SJ, Statland B, Allyn R, Fischer S.:  Caring about prognosis: a validation study of the caring criteria to identify hospitalized patients at high risk for death at 1 year.     J Hosp Med. 2013 Dec;8(12):696-701


James A. Tulsky:  Beyond Advance Directives: Importance of Communication Skills at the End of Life. JAMA, July 20, 2005—Vol 294, No. 3 359-366


Richard B. Balaban:  A Physician’s Guide to Talking About End-of-Life Care. JGIM 195-200


Forciea MA Medication Issues in Primer of Geriatric Urology  (Eds) Guzzo TJ, Drach GW, Wein AJ. 2016  Springer-Verlag New York pg 33-42


Steinman MA, Beizer JL, DuBeau CE, Laird RD, Lundebjerg NE, Mulhausen P.: How to Use the American Geriatrics Society 2015 Beers Criteria-A Guide for Patients, Clinicians, Health Systems, and Payors. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Dec;63(12):e1-e7



Pressure Ulcers

Thomas, D.R. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: What works? What doesn’t? Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, August, 2001; 68:8:704-722

Sleep Evaluation & Management

Sleep in Older Adults: Normative Changes, Sleep Disorders, and Treatment Options
Nalaka S. Gooneratne, MD, MSc, Michael V. Vitiello Clin Geriatr Med - (2014) -–-

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cger.2014.04.007 geriatric.theclinics.com


Urinary Tract Infection

Lutters M., Vogt N. What's the basis for treating infections your way? Quality assessment of review articles on the treatment of urinary and respiratory tract infections in older people. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2000; 48(11):1454-61.

Wood C. Abrutyn E. Urinary Tract Infection in Older Adults. Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, May 1998, 14:2:267-283