Geriatric assessment deficiency is common in the elderly with IBD

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Elderly patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have a high prevalence of geriatric deficiency, according to a study published in the May issue of the journal Clinical gastroenterology and hepatology.

Vera E.R. Usher, MD, from Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, and his colleagues held prospective cohort study involving 405 outpatients with IBD aged 65 years and older to investigate which characteristics of IBD are associated with deficiency in geriatric assessment. The somatic sphere, disturbance of daily activity, physical working capacity, mental and social spheres were estimated. Deficiencies in geriatric assessment were identified as two or more abnormal domains; moderate deficits were defined as two or three breached domains, and severe deficits included breaches in four or five domains.

Researchers found that the somatic sphere and activities of daily living are most often disturbed (51.6 and 43.0 percent, respectively). Overall 39.5 and 7.9 percent patients had moderate and severe deficits in geriatric assessment, respectively. Clinical and biochemical activity of the disease was associated with deficiency (adjusted odds ratios of 2,191 and 3,358, respectively). There was an independent association that observed a shortage of geriatric assessment with a lower quality of life related to health.

“Our results underscore the importance of assessing the presence of weakness in elderly patients with IBD, as the prevalence of geriatric deficiency we have found is high,” the authors write. “As the population ages, we must strive for interdisciplinary assessment elderly patients with IBD to strive for the best treatment goals, taking into account biological age risk factors».


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