Course Information
TitleΓΗΡΙΑΤΡΙΚΗ / Geriatrics
FacultyHealth Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorApostolos Tsapas
Course ID200000257

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
  • Thomas Karagiannis
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
2. ,
Course Type 2016-2020
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: - understand and look for co-morbidity in elderly patients - raise awareness and recognize that the health status of an elderly person also depends on effects beyond the manifestations of various diseases, such as social, psychological, emotional, mental, environmental, spiritual and economic factors - know the most common and important pathological diseases encountered in elderly patients. - able to assess the functional status of the elderly person and to know the basic principles of Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
Course Content (Syllabus)
Introduction - Basic principles - Definitions. The doctor as an geriatrician. Pathophysiology of aging. Theories of aging. Treatment of infections in the elderly. Basic Diagnostic Principles of Geriatric Diseases. Heart failure in elderly patients - treatment. Hematopoietic disorders. Treatment of cancer in the elderly. Skin disorders in the elderly. Nutrition principles for elderly. Vascular strokes. Psychiatric disorders of old age. Organic Mental Syndromes. Basic principles for the treatment of geriatric diseases. Medical diseases in the elderly. Surgical problems in the elderly. Sleep disorders in the elderly. Changes in renal function in the elderly. Urinary tract disorders. Incontinence in the Elderly. Endocrine problems in the elderly. Musculoskeletal disorders and Spondyloarthropathies in the elderly. Immune problems in the elderly. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment261
Clinical Practice40.2
Student Assessment
Comprehensive geriatric assessment aims towards assessing the functional potential of an elderly person. It is being facilitated by a healthcare professionals team, nevertheless it is useful to have a hands on experience in using it. Aims of the written assignment are: To gain hands-on experience in Comprehensive geriatric assessment of elderly patients To get to know and use some of the most commonly used screening tools in geriatrics To spot and potentially seek solutions for problems the student might identify with the patient, and try and suggest individualized interventions In the assignment the student will seek an elderly patient and try and implement comprehensive geriatric assessment. He/she will have to practice history taking, clinical assessment and use of widely used screening tools. Finally, he/she will summarise findings, comment on the status of the patient, reflect on potential problems in the use of screening tools or scales and comment on potential geriatric syndromes present in your patient. Project length approx 1000±200 words.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Βασικές αρχές της Γηριατρικής, R.D.T. Cape, R.M. Coe and I. Rossman.
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