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Publications posted on the BGS website are freely downloadable. It is one of the BGS's main objectives to make available as widely as possible, guidance and recommendations on good practice in the care of older patients.
Our publications fall into several categories, described below. Do remember however, that you can search the website for anything relating to your topic of interest, using the search tool at the top right.
Best Practice Guides
Formerly known as the compendium of good practice, best practice guides cover issues of governance in older people's care. It covers a wide range of topics including best practice in discharge from acute care, recommended standards of care, models of care, community geriatrics etc.
These are guidelines produced under rigorous conditions include consultation processes and literature searches, focusing on specific medical conditions such as assessment of pain, recognition and treatment of delirium etc.
Many reports which are critical of care delivered by the NHS point out that quality of service around the United Kingdom is variable, but that there are examples of excellent care. In this section we publish some case studies of good care models.
Position Papers or Consultations
The BGS is frequently asked by the Department of Health, official Government inquiries, NICE and other consulting bodies, to comment on specific issues including the Human Rights Act, Anti-dementia drugs, policy initiatives like "Good doctors, safe patients". The BGS's position on each of these issues is posted in this section.
Reference Material Organised by Subject
This is a hotch potch of material, not all produced by the BGS, but which we believe may be useful to both professionals and carers. It covers a range from the history of geriatric medicine, to the effect of vision on falls risk, to devising a resuscitation policy, and even tips on how to produce a good powerpoint presentation!
This section contains copies of powerpoint presentations presented at BGS Scientific Meetings and other day events organised by the BGS. The presentations are in .pdf format (for copyright reasons), and are only published if the author gives permission. They will stay on the site for two years.