The doctors were apprehensive about opening their notes to their patients. "It will only lead to confusion," said some. "My practice will be overwhelmed by phone calls," they said. Yet 105 doctors agreed to open their records to more than 13,000 patients in an experiment called OpenNotes, published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine (October 1, 2012).
Except in a few specialties, most physicians provide care for an increasingly older population. Because geriatric training in our medical schools is still on the 'back burner,' it's an area prone to mistakes and errors of judgment. Here are five recently published recommendations from the American Geriatric Society that just may change the way we treat the elderly: