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Table 5 Frequencies of detailed management actions undertaken by the physicians following positive or negative screening tests.

From: Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) in general practice: Results from a pilot study in Vorarlberg, Austria

Problem All actions Detailed actions   
  No % †   No % †
Osteoporosis risk assessment (n = 115) 83 72.1 DXA bone measurement 76 66.1
    New prescription of Vitamin D3 and Calcium 58 50.4
    New estrogen replacement therapy 1 0.9
    Bisphosophonate 22 19.1
    Calcitonin 0 0
    Selective estrogen-receptor modulator therapy 1 0.9
Urinary incontinence (n = 112) 54 47.0 Pelvic floor muscle training 21 18.8
    Change of drug prescription 7 6.3
    Planning of in depth exploration by GP 17 15.2
    New drug prescription 15 13.4
    Referral to urologist or gynaecologist 11 9.8
Hearing loss (n = 114) 39 33.9 Removal of ear wax 15 13.2
    Referral to otolaryngologist 29 25.4
Fall risk or balance and gait difficulties (n = 115) 38 33.1 Change of drug prescription 4 3.5
    Hip protector 3 2.6
    Environmental source exploration 20 17.4
    Information on safer footwear 25 21.7
    Instructed exercise training 7 6.1
    Planning of in-depth exploration by GP 5 4.3
Sleep disorder (n = 114) 33 28.7 New drug prescription 16 14.0
    Change of drug prescription 2 1.8
    Non- drug therapy 13 11.4
    Planning of in-depth exploration by GP 5 4.4
Low vision (n = 110) 29 26.4 Referral to ophthalmologist 29 26.4
Pneumococcal vaccination longer than 3 years ago (n = 113) 23 20.0 Pneumococcal vaccination 23 20.4
Depression (n = 114) 21 18.3 New antidepressant drug therapy 7 6.1
    Change of drug prescription 2 1.8
    Non-drug treatment 10 8.8
    Planning of in-depth exploration by GP 9 7.9
    Referral to psychiatrist 1 0.9
Influenza vaccination longer than one year ago (n = 114) 20 17.4 Influenza vaccination 20 17.4
Psychosocial deprivation (n = 113) 14 12.3 Contact with relatives 7 6.1
    Contact with neighbours 4 3.5
    Contact with community nurse 6 5.3
    Contact with social worker 1 0.9
Cognitive impairment (n = 114) 13 11.4 Follow up in six months 37 32.5
    Referral to neurologist/psychiatrist 13 11.4
Hyperlipidemia at assessment (n = 113) 9 7.9 Antilipidemic drug treatment 9 7.9
Hypertension at assessment (n = 111) 4 3.6 New or additional drug prescription 4 3.6
Hyperglycemia at assessment (n = 112) 2 1.8 New or additional drug prescription 2 1.8
  1. † Percentage related to all participants Multiple notations possible