Sunday 21 December 2014

Elderly to advise doctors how to treat them better

Published 05/09/2014 | 02:30

GPs are to be given an “age friendly toolkit” in a bid to ease the problems felt by their older patients
GPs are to be given an “age friendly toolkit” in a bid to ease the problems felt by their older patients

GPs are to be given an "age-friendly toolkit" in a bid to ease the problems felt by their older patients.

The so-called toolkit comes in the form of guidelines after consultation between the Health Service Executive and Dublin City Age Friendly Alliance.

Pat Doherty of Age Friendly Ireland said issues had emerged from talking to older people, including problems with accessing their own GP at weekends.

Others felt that too many of their ailments were being put down to getting old. "One woman who was told the pain in her leg was due to getting old replied that the other leg was fine and the same age," he said.

He said the talks which produced the Dublin City Age Friendly Strategy involved over 1,500 older people.

Dr Joe Clarke, a GP involved in the primary care division of the HSE, said a working group which will draw up the toolkit will involve older people themselves "who will be the central voice in guiding the initiative".

"Hopefully the toolkit will eventually serve as a template for GP services across Ireland."

Irish Independent

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