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Psychiatric Care Of The Older Adult: An Overview For Primary Care

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Due to the aging United States (US) population, primary care providers (PCPs) may become increasingly involved in the management of psychiatric disorders in geriatric patients.
The most common differential diagnoses for older adults who present to primary care in a confused state include delirium, dementia, depression, and substance misuse.
In addition to playing an important role in future management of psychiatric illness in the elderly, PCPs may be in a key position for providing guidance to caregivers affected by stress.

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