The Physical Examination: A Guide for Old Age Psychiatrists

Stephen Todd*, John O'Hare, Bernadette McGuinness, A. Peter Passmore

*Corresponding author for this work

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The physical examination forms a crucial part of the assessment of all older people presenting to the old age psychiatrist. In this chapter, important considerations in examining older people are discussed. A suggested scheme of examination is presented in brief format and aspects of particular relevance to the older person and the old age psychiatrist are highlighted. This discussion is not exhaustive and the reader is referred to detailed books on physical examination for in depth detail.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrinciples and Practice of Geriatric Psychiatry
Subtitle of host publicationThird Edition
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780470747230
Publication statusPublished - 02 Dec 2010

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  • Abdominal
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Clinical examination
  • Elderly
  • Neurological examination
  • Physical examination
  • Respiratory system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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