Wednesday, May 16, 2012
News for Senior and Retired Physicians
Poll: Only 7 percent of seniors getting key preventive services
Not enough senior citizens are being screened for the preventive health care needs they should be, according to a new poll.
In the nationwide survey, patients responded to specific questions about the last year of care they received, such as whether their physician asked if they had fallen or were sad, anxious or depressed. Only 7 percent of those surveyed said they received each of the key preventive services identified by geriatric experts, including an annual medication review and referral to nonmedical services such as support groups and exercise programs.
The poll of more than 1,000 adults 65 and older was released in April by the John A. Hartford Foundation, a New York City nonprofit that works to improve the well-being of seniors and supports expanded geriatric training for physicians and other health professionals.
View an American Medical News story about the poll.
Three named to AMA-SPG Governing Council
The AMA Board of Trustees has named Barbara A. Hummel, MD, and Paul H. Wick, MD, to the AMA Senior Physicians Group (SPG) Governing Council and reappointed Richert E. Quinn Jr., MD, to the council. The council consists of seven senior physicians whose charge is to advise the AMA Board of Trustees on issues relating to senior physicians. The AMA-SPG consists of 55,000 AMA members age 65 or older.
View the AMA-SPG Governing Council Web page for a full listing of the council.