The ABCD of the comprehensive geriatric assessment

Paven Kaur
Med J Aust 2022; 216 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51407
Published online: 7 March 2022

In reply: I thank Alghamry and Lee for their appreciation of the ABCD (abbreviated, brief, comprehensive, detailed) concept and reflection on its key elements.1 Acronyms are an excellent way to introduce new concepts and I appreciate their idea of extending the mnemonic to ABCDEF with E for efficiency and F for feasibility.

  • Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane, QLD

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  • 1. Alghamry A, Lee JC. The ABCD of the comprehensive geriatric assessment [letter]. Med J Aust 2021; 216: 211.
  • 2. Kaur P, Rowland J, Whiting E. The ABCD of the comprehensive geriatric assessment. Med J Aust 2021; 215: 206–207.‐comprehensive‐geriatric‐assessment
  • 3. Pilotto A, Cella A, Pilotto A, et al. Three decades of comprehensive geriatric assessment: evidence coming from different healthcare settings and specific clinical conditions. J Am Med Dir Assoc 2017; 18: 192.
  • 4. Parker SG, McCue P, Phelps K, et al. What is comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA)? An umbrella review. Age Ageing 2018; 47: 149–155.
  • 5. Conroy SP, Ansari K, Williams M, et al. A controlled evaluation of comprehensive geriatric assessment in the emergency department: the ‘Emergency Frailty Unit’. Age Ageing 2014; 43: 109–114.


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