Managing elderly patients with multiple chronic conditions can be complex and physicians need to personalize treatment plans with a more holistic view. Cooperation across different specialties is essential to ensure that different physicians are not taking conflicting approaches. The focus needs ensure dignity for the patients and their families.
The variability in how older patients are cared for across countries can be significant in terms of aggressiveness of treatment and the composition of the care team. These differences can provide new insights into which approaches are most effective in addressing specific challenges. This session will compare and contrast approaches across Europe in how elderly patients are cared for in each system to enable participants to develop new solutions for their specific healthcare setting. Some of topics which will be included are how to limit stress on acute medical care, to develop models for continuous care, and to reduce healthcare costs.