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Background: the Manchester Respiratory Activities of Daily Living Questionnaire is a new scale designed to assess respiratory disability in elderly outpatients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. However, it has not been examined for its reliability as a postal questionnaire. Objective:...
Objective: to see whether elderly medical in‐patients screening positive for depression on the Geriatric Depression Score show any change on discharge home and whether their scores predict this. Design: a prospective study. Setting: a large outer London district general hospital with acute...
Background: it is often assumed that hip fractures occur more commonly in winter, but the evidence is conflicting. It is important to clarify this issue to aid planning of health resources and understanding of the aetiology of these fractures in the elderly. Aim: to determine whether the...
Background: atrial fibrillation is common in older people, and is associated with an increased risk of ischaemic stroke. Antithrombotic therapy reduces stroke‐risk, but is known to be under‐prescribed. Objectives: to use an evidence‐based indicator to audit antithrombotic prescribing for...
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