The Blog reviewed here is ‘GeriPal – Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog‘. A slightly tongue-in-cheek (at times) About section explains some of the ideas behind the blog although the essence is contained within the title.
The blog was created using blogspot. There is a menu box just underneath the title linking to videos, external links (mainly american sites), tweets as well as the About section. Article links/previews are contained on the left hand of the page. On the right hand side there are various features including a search box for the blog, recent comments, sign-up for e-mail updates, top posts, links to favourite blogs and feed updates. At the bottom of the page there is a chronological index for the articles.
The first articles appear in June 2009. Many articles are lengthy enough to include interesting discussions of topics. As an example, this article includes a discussion of the very interesting notion of an older adult A&E department with necessary adaptations for this population. Other topics discussed include a look at research into CPR survival rates in older adults, a wider perspective on the role of caregivers, monitoring adverse events in older adults, an award for work on preventing falls in the elderly, palliative dementia care, Nelson Mandela and the imagery of aging, post-traumatic stress disorder in older adults and a discussion of issues around dementia and driving.
This blog started last year and regularly features articles in which the authors reflect on very complex issues related to the care of older adults, palliative care and the intersection of these subjects. The blog has an american focus although the discussions are sufficiently broad to be of relevance to readers from other countries which is reflected in the readership.
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