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Hampton Press


The comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) forms a cornerstone of geriatric care; the process is designed to assess the complex interaction of biological , psychological, and social challenges often faced by elder patients (e .g ., Extermann, 2003). Using a narrative case study of a patient undergoing a CGA by members of an interdisciplinary geriatric oncology team. I explore some of the communication challenges and opportunities for healthcare providers caring for geriatric patients. My goal in offering readers narratives of geriatric patient-healthcare provider communication-rather than only analysis of those interactions - is to complement typical analysis of research findings with an opportunity to do what Prank ( 1995) called "thinking with" a story, that is, to bear witness to someone's experience and empathize with it. To contextualize the communication issues exemplified in the case study, I begin by defining the CGA, exploring its use by geriatric healthcare teams, providing a brief overview of common communication issues in the geriatric patient population, and introducing the project from which this case study is drawn.

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Applied health communication


Kevin Wright
Scott D. Moore


Copyright © 2008 Hampton Press. Reprinted with permission.

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