USPSTF report IDs research priorities for improving senior health

11/21/2013 | PhysiciansBriefing.com

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force identified five research priorities to help improve the health of older adults in its third annual report to Congress identifying areas where more research is needed to improve clinical preventive services. These five areas include screening for cognitive impairment and dementia; vision and hearing screening; prevention of falls and fractures; screening for general well-being; and methods to avoid unintended harm to older patients from diagnostic tests or medical procedures. "We hope that highlighting evidence gaps related to the care of older adults will help public and private researchers and research funders target their efforts so that together we will be able to improve preventive health and health care for all," said USPSTF co-chair Dr. Albert Siu.

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