Yale University has received a $2 million grant from the Las Vegas-based Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to develop and teach medical students new methods for treating geriatric patients.
"With the elderly, any problem has many causes and consequences that need to be understood," said Margaret Drickamer, M.D., the project's lead investigator. "The patient's preferences and goals need to be the basis of deciding on a treatment. It means asking more questions and asking different questions. The patients won't volunteer the information because they usually don't make the connection."
Funds from the foundation will be used to provide medical trainees at Yale with a model of care for the elderly that is "scientifically informed, culturally sensitive, and ethically appropriate."
Eventually, a Web-based version of the new model will be developed for use at Yale and other institutions.