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General practitioners’ satisfaction after a geriatric assessment into primary care: data from FAP study Volume 17, issue 1, Mars 2019

Authors
1 DUMG, Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
2 Institut du vieillissement, Gérontopôle, Toulouse, France
3 Inserm UMR1027, Université de Toulouse III Paul Sabatier, Toulouse
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In response to demographic challenges, primary care need to get familiar with the concept of frailty and the early detection of cognitive impairment. The « Frailty and Alzheimer's disease prevention into primary care » (FAP) project introduced a geriatric evaluation with a nurse in primary care in order to assess older patients. Our work aimed to evaluate the general practitioner's (GPs) opinion involved in FAP project. Methods: This is an observational descriptive study performed in Occitanie region. 26 GPs have involved in this project. The gathering of information was performed through an online survey. Results:  GPs estimated that most of the patients benefiting from a primary care geriatric evaluation would have declined hospital evaluation. 92% of the surveyed GPs gave a strongly positive or positive opinion regarding the detection of previously unidentified health issues and the improvement of patient care following this evaluation. 42% of the GPs found that the personalized plan of cares is difficult or very difficult to do. 73% of the GPs considered that they have a better knowledge of frailty syndrome and cognitive impairment after the evaluation. Conclusion: GPs feedback was very positive and promising for the future. It could be interesting to develop this geriatric evaluation in primary care into new regions.