Incomplete Medical History

The older your patients are, the more likely it is that their medical history is incomplete. Over the years, files get lost, memory gets fuzzy, and perhaps, records were never kept to begin with. When working with a patient without a complete and straightforward medical history, diagnoses and medications can be tricky. In a recent article, an elderly woman with deteriorating mental status and no access to her medical history was admitted by her children when her health started to fail. Read the full article, “Establishing a Treatment Plan for an Elder With a Complex and Incomplete Medical History and Multiple Medical Providers, Diagnoses, and Medications” for tips on how to handle situations that can make patient care more challenging.


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