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Clinical Focus Volume 7 N2

Volume 7 Issue 2 - 2013

Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) are extremely common as men get older. LUTS are bladder storage and voiding symptoms, which are often caused by benign enlargement of the prostate. Initial assessment, investigation and treatment of LUTS can be provided by primary care and will be explored in this article.

Falls are a major cause of injury and death in older people, affecting more than a third of all older people each year, half of whom have recurrent falls. Falls have a major impact on primary and secondary care services and are an important cause of carer strain and admission to long term care. 50% of all care home residents have a fall each year. Multifactorial falls risk assessments should be offered to people who fall. Multifactorial interventions delivered to people who fall are effective in reducing falls rates by up to 25%.

Domestic violence and abuse is a major public health and clinical problem. NICE is planning to publish guidance on domestic violence in 2014. This article defines domestic violence and abuse, examining its prevalence and health impact. It considers why and how primary care should rise to the challenge of responding to domestic violence and abuse.

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