Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (J Am Geriatr Soc)

Publisher: American Geriatrics Society, Wiley

Journal description

The primary goal of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society is to publish articles that are relevant in the broadest terms to the clinical care of older persons. Such articles may span a variety of disciplines and fields and may be of immediate, intermediate, or long-term potential benefit to clinical practice.

Current impact factor: 4.57

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 4.572
2013 Impact Factor 4.216
2012 Impact Factor 3.978
2011 Impact Factor 3.737
2010 Impact Factor 3.913
2009 Impact Factor 3.656
2008 Impact Factor 3.805
2007 Impact Factor 3.539
2006 Impact Factor 3.331
2005 Impact Factor 3.479
2004 Impact Factor 3.361
2003 Impact Factor 2.835
2002 Impact Factor 3.092
2001 Impact Factor 2.878
2000 Impact Factor 3.136
1999 Impact Factor 2.865
1998 Impact Factor 2.792
1997 Impact Factor 2.806
1996 Impact Factor 2.508
1995 Impact Factor 2.321
1994 Impact Factor 2.049
1993 Impact Factor 1.909
1992 Impact Factor 1.859

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 4.94
Cited half-life 9.30
Immediacy index 0.83
Eigenfactor 0.04
Article influence 1.69
Website Journal of the American Geriatrics Society website
Other titles Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Online), Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
ISSN 1532-5415
OCLC 45381418
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details


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    • Publisher last contacted on 07/08/2014
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Publications in this journal

  • No preview · Article · Jun 2016 · Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
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    ABSTRACT: This article aims to facilitate optimal management of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by providing information on indications, risk factors, referral guidelines, and treatments and to describe techniques to maximize quality of life (QOL) for people with irreversible vision loss. A review of PubMed and other online databases was performed for peer-reviewed English-language articles from 1980 through August 2012 on visual impairment in elderly adults. Search terms included vision loss, visual impairment, blind, low vision, QOL combined with age-related, elderly, and aging. Articles were selected that discussed vision loss in elderly adults, effects of vision impairment on QOL, and care strategies to manage vision loss in older adults. The ability of primary care physicians (PCPs) to identify early signs of cataracts and AMD in individuals at risk of vision loss is critical to early diagnosis and management of these common age-related eye diseases. PCPs can help preserve vision by issuing aptly timed referrals and encouraging behavioral modifications that reduce risk factors. With knowledge of referral guidelines for soliciting low-vision rehabilitation services, visual aids, and community support resources, PCPs can considerably increase the QOL of individuals with uncorrectable vision loss. By offering appropriately timed referrals, promoting behavioral modifications, and allocating low-vision care resources, PCPs may play a critical role in preserving visual health and enhancing the QOL for the elderly population.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of the study was to assess the effect of different treatment regimens for chronic hepatitis C on patient-reported outcomes (PROs) of individuals aged 65 and older with chronic hepatitis C. PRO data from eight multinational multicenter Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials were included. Of 3,120 participants in these clinical trials, 229 were aged 65 and older (67.8 ± 3.2, 57% male, 75% treatment-naïve, 22% cirrhotic), and 90 of those received ledipasvir plus sofosbuvir (LDV + SOF), 119 received SOF plus ribavirin (SOF + RBV), and 20 received pegylated IFN, SOF, and RBV (IFN + SOF + RBV). Participants aged 65 and older had slightly more pretreatment PRO impairment in their physical functioning than younger individuals (−3.1% on a normalized 0–100% PRO scale, P < .001). Despite this, these participants experienced significant PRO improvement during treatment with IFN-free RBV-free regimens (up to +8.0%, P < .001), similar to improvements in younger participants. In contrast, participants aged 65 and older experienced substantial decline in PROs while receiving IFN- or RBV-containing regimens (up to −18.9% in IFN + SOF + RBV, −10.4% in IFN-free SOF+RBV, P < .001), and some were greater than in the younger group. Nevertheless, after achieving sustained viral clearance at Posttreatment Week 12, PROs in participants aged 65 and older improved regardless of the regimen (up to +10.4%, P < .001). In multivariate analysis of the cohort aged 65 and older, the use of IFN and RBV was consistently associated with PRO impairment during treatment. The use of an IFN- and RBV-free anti-HCV regimen in older adults with hepatitis C results in significant improvement of PROs.
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    ABSTRACT: Falls in older adults are a global public health crisis, but mounting evidence from randomized controlled trials shows that falls can be reduced through exercise. Public health authorities and healthcare professionals endorse the use of evidence-based, exercise-focused fall interventions, but there are major obstacles to translating and disseminating research findings into healthcare practice, including lack of evidence of the transferability of efficacy trial results to clinical and community settings, insufficient local expertise to roll out community exercise programs, and inadequate infrastructure to integrate evidence-based programs into clinical and community practice. The practical solutions highlighted in this article can be used to address these evidence-to-practice challenges. Falls and their associated healthcare costs can be reduced by better integrating research on exercise intervention into clinical practice and community programs.
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    ABSTRACT: Medication errors and adverse drug events are common in older adults, but locating literature addressing these issues is often challenging. The objective of this article is to summarize recent studies addressing medication errors and adverse drug events in a single location to improve accessibility for individuals working with older adults. A comprehensive literature search for studies published in 2014 was conducted, and 51 potential articles were identified. After critical review, 17 studies were selected for inclusion based on innovation; rigorous observational or experimental study designs; and use of reliable, valid measures. Four articles characterizing potentially inappropriate prescribing and interventions to optimize medication regimens were annotated and critiqued in detail. The authors hope that health policy-makers and clinicians find this information helpful in improving the quality of care for older adults.
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: To compare patterns of emergency department (ED) use and inpatient admission rates for elderly adults with cancer with a poor prognosis who enrolled in hospice to those of similar individuals who did not. Design: Matched case-control study. Setting: Nationally representative sample of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries with cancer with a poor prognosis who died in 2011. Participants: Beneficiaries in hospice matched to individuals not in hospice on time from diagnosis of cancer with a poor prognosis to death, region, age, and sex. Measurements: Comparison of ED use and inpatient admission rates before and after hospice enrollment for beneficiaries in hospice and controls. Results: Of 272,832 matched beneficiaries, 81% visited the ED in the last 6 months of life. At baseline, daily ED use and admission rates were not significantly different between beneficiaries in and not in hospice. By the week before death, nonhospice controls averaged 69.6 ED visits/1,000 beneficiary-days, versus 7.6 for beneficiaries in hospice (rate ratio (RR) = 9.7, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 9.3-10.0). Inpatient admission rates in the last week of life were 63% for nonhospice controls and 42% for beneficiaries in hospice (RR = 1.51, 95% CI = 1.45-1.57). Of all beneficiaries in hospice, 28% enrolled during inpatient stays originating in EDs; they accounted for 35.7% (95% CI = 35.4-36.0%) of all hospice stays of less than 1 month and 13.9% (95% CI = 13.6-14.2%) of stays longer than 1 month. Conclusion: Most Medicare beneficiaries with cancer with a poor prognosis visited EDs at the end of life. Hospice enrollment was associated with lower ED use and admission rates. Many individuals enrolled in hospice during inpatient stays that followed ED visits, a phenomenon linked to shorter hospice stays. These findings must be interpreted carefully given potential unmeasured confounders in matching.
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    ABSTRACT: Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common cause of vertigo in older adults. Beyond the unpleasant sensation of vertigo, BPPV also negatively affects older adults' gait and balance and increases their risk of falling. As such it has a profound effect on function, independence, and quality of life. Otoconia are the inner ear structures that help detect horizontal and vertical movements. Aging contributes to the fragmentation of otoconia, whose displacement into the semicircular, most commonly posterior canals, can produce rotatory movement sensations with head movement. BPPV is more commonly idiopathic in older adults than in younger individuals, can present atypically, and has a more-protracted course and higher risk of recurrence. Medications such as meclizine that are commonly prescribed for BPPV can be associated with significant side effects. Dix-Hallpike and Head Roll tests can generally identify the involved canal. Symptoms resolve as otoconia fragments dissolve into the endolymph, but appropriate canalith repositioning (e.g., Epley maneuver) can expedite recovery and reduce the burden of this disorder. Observations suggesting an association between idiopathic BPPV and vitamin D deficiency and osteoporosis indicate that BPPV may share risk factors with other common geriatric conditions, which highlights the importance of moving beyond purely otological considerations and addressing the needs of older adults with vertigo through a systems-based multidisciplinary approach.
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: To understand obstetrician-gynecologist perceptions of the value of external genitalia inspection and speculum examinations in older and younger healthy women across the life span. Design: National survey from May 2010 to January 2011 asking obstetrician-gynecologists about the need for and importance of external inspection and speculum examination in four scenarios of asymptomatic healthy women aged 70, 55, 35, and 18 who present for routine health visits. Separate questions asked about the importance of various reasons for these examinations. Setting: Mail-in survey of a national sample of obstetrician-gynecologists. Participants: Probability sample of obstetrician-gynecologists from the American Medical Association Physician Masterfile (N = 521). Measurements: Proportion of obstetrician-gynecologists who would perform external inspection and speculum examinations and consider these examinations to be very important. Results: The response rate was 62%. In a healthy 70-year-old woman, 98% of respondents would perform external inspection, and 86% would perform a speculum examination. Ninety percent would perform a speculum examination in a healthy 55-year-old woman after removal of her uterus, cervix, and ovaries. Respondents more often indicated that the external examination was very important in the 70-year-old (63%) than in younger women (46-53%). Reasons rated as very important included identifying cancers and benign lesions, reassuring women of their health, and adhering to standard of care. Conclusion: Obstetrician-gynecologists would commonly perform external and speculum examinations in asymptomatic women and believe the external examination to be particularly important in older women for cancer detection. Clinicians should discuss limitations of screening pelvic examination guidelines and elicit health goals from older women to provide more person-centered gynecological care.
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    ABSTRACT: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) program is a low-cost transitional care program that uses hospital-based nurse case managers, inpatient team integration, and in-depth posthospital telephone contacts to support high-risk patients and their caregivers as they transition from hospital to community. The low-cost, primarily telephone-based C-TraC program reduced 30-day rehospitalizations by one-third, leading to significant cost savings at one VA hospital. Non-VA hospitals have expressed interest in launching C-TraC, but non-VA hospitals differ in important ways from VA hospitals, particularly in terms of context, culture, and resources. The objective of this project was to adapt C-TraC to the specific context of one non-VA setting using a modified Replicating Effective Programs (REP) implementation theory model and to test the feasibility of this protocolized implementation approach. The modified REP model uses a mentored phased-based implementation with intensive preimplementation activities and harnesses key local stakeholders to adapt processes and goals to local context. Using this protocolized implementation approach, an adapted C-TraC protocol was created and launched at the non-VA hospital in July 2013. In its first 16 months, C-TraC successfully enrolled 1,247 individuals with 3.2 full-time nurse case managers, achieving good fidelity for core protocol steps. C-TraC participants experienced a 30-day rehospitalization rate of 10.8%, compared with 16.6% for a contemporary comparison group of similar individuals for whom C-TraC was not available (n = 1,307) (P < .001). The new C-TraC program continues in operation. Use of a modified REP model to guide protocolized adaptation to local context resulted in a C-TraC program that was feasible and sustained in a real-world non-VA setting. A modified REP implementation framework may be an appropriate foundational step for other clinical programs seeking to harness protocolized adaptation in mentored dissemination activities.
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    ABSTRACT: In recognition of the fact that elder abuse is a global problem that doctors underrecognize and underreport, a simulation training session for undergraduate medical students was developed. The primary objective of this qualitative study was to examine barriers to and drivers of medical students making a diagnosis of elder abuse in simulated practice, with the goal of refining teaching methods and informing future teaching sessions for other clinical teachers. Third-year medical students (Newcastle University, United Kingdom) undertook a simulation scenario with a high-fidelity mannequin representing an elder abuse victim. After the simulation scenario, students underwent a semistructured debriefing. A tripartite approach to data collection was employed that included audio recordings of the simulation, data sheets capturing students' thoughts during the scenario, and postscenario debriefing. A different researcher analyzed each data set in isolation before discussions were held to triangulate findings from the data sets. Forty-six students undertook the scenario; none declined to participate. A number of barriers to students diagnosing elder abuse were identified. Students held a low index of suspicion for elder abuse and were overly optimistic regarding the etiology of the individual's injuries. Students lacked the confidence to raise concerns about possible elder abuse, believing that certainty was required before doing so. There was widespread confusion about nomenclature. These findings provide clinical teachers with important topic areas to address in future teaching sessions. Simulation, as a method to teach about elder abuse in a reproducible and immersive fashion, is recommended to clinical teachers.
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: To determine the concordance between falls recorded using an investigational fall detection device and falls reported by nursing staff in a nursing home. Design: Six-month prospective study. Setting: Hebrew SeniorLife nursing home units in Boston, Massachusetts. Participants: Nursing home residents with a documented history of at least one fall within 12 months before consent (N = 62, mean age 86.2 ± 8.1, 66% female). Intervention: Subjects continuously wore an automated falls detection device on a pendant around their neck. The device contained triaxial accelerometers set to detect a rapid change in position that was interpreted as a fall. Measurements: Healthcare staff reported daily falls, defined as unexpected events in which residents were found on the floor, and the number of these falls was compared with the number of falls recorded according to the device. Results: Seven of 37 residents whom nursing staff found on the floor had a fall recorded according to the device (19%). The device did not identify any of the clinical fall events in 23 of the 37 fallers (62%). The device detected 17 of 89 total falls that nursing staff recorded (sensitivity 19%) within an 8-hour time window. Of 128 fall events that the device recorded, 17 were concordant with nursing reports (13%) within an 8-hour time window, and 111 (87%) were false positives. Conclusion: There is poor concordance between falls recorded using the investigational fall detection device and falls to the floor that nursing home staff report.
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: To determine what effect driving cessation may have on subsequent health and well-being in older adults. Design: Systematic review of the evidence in the research literature on the consequences of driving cessation in older adults. Setting: Community. Participants: Drivers aged 55 and older. Measurements: Studies pertinent to the health consequences of driving cessation were identified through a comprehensive search of bibliographic databases. Studies that presented quantitative data for drivers aged 55 and older; used a cross-sectional, cohort, or case-control design; and had a comparison group of current drivers were included in the review. Results: Sixteen studies met the inclusion criteria. Driving cessation was reported to be associated with declines in general health and physical, social, and cognitive function and with greater risks of admission to long-term care facilities and mortality. A meta-analysis based on pooled data from five studies examining the association between driving cessation and depression revealed that driving cessation almost doubled the risk of depressive symptoms in older adults (summary odds ratio = 1.91, 95% confidence interval = 1.61-2.27). Conclusion: Driving cessation in older adults appears to contribute to a variety of health problems, particularly depression. These adverse health consequences should be considered in making the decision to cease driving. Intervention programs ensuring mobility and social functions may be needed to mitigate the potential adverse effects of driving cessation on health and well-being in older adults.
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the effects of a high-intensity functional exercise program on independence in activities of daily living (ADLs) and balance in older people with dementia and whether exercise effects differed between dementia types. Cluster-randomized controlled trial: Umeå Dementia and Exercise (UMDEX) study. Residential care facilities, Umeå, Sweden. Individuals aged 65 and older with a dementia diagnosis, a Mini-Mental State Examination score of 10 or greater, and dependence in ADLs (N = 186). Ninety-three participants each were allocated to the high-intensity functional exercise program, comprising lower limb strength and balance exercises, and 93 to a seated control activity. Blinded assessors measured ADL independence using the Functional Independence Measure (FIM) and Barthel Index (BI) and balance using the Berg Balance Scale (BBS) at baseline and 4 (directly after intervention completion) and 7 months. Linear mixed models showed no between-group effect on ADL independence at 4 (FIM=1.3, 95% confidence interval (CI)=−1.6–4.3; BI=0.6, 95% CI=−0.2–1.4) or 7 (FIM=0.8, 95% CI=−2.2–3.8; BI=0.6, 95% CI=−0.3–1.4) months. A significant between-group effect on balance favoring exercise was observed at 4 months (BBS=4.2, 95% CI=1.8–6.6). In interaction analyses, exercise effects differed significantly between dementia types. Positive between-group exercise effects were found in participants with non-Alzheimer's dementia according to the FIM at 7 months and BI and BBS at 4 and 7 months. In older people with mild to moderate dementia living in residential care facilities, a 4-month high-intensity functional exercise program appears to slow decline in ADL independence and improve balance, albeit only in participants with non-Alzheimer's dementia.
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the association between random measured glucose levels in middle and old age and dementia-related death. Population-based cohort study. Norwegian Counties Study (middle-aged individuals; 35–49) and Cohort of Norway participants (older individuals; 65–80). Individuals without (n = 74,630) and with (n = 3,095) known diabetes mellitus (N = 77,725); 67,865 without and 2,341 with diabetes mellitus were included in the complete case analyses (nonmissing for all included covariates), of whom 1,580 without and 131 with diabetes mellitus died from dementia-related causes. Dementia-related death was ascertained according to the Norwegian Cause of Death Registry. Cox regression was used to assess the relationship between random glucose levels (nonfasting) in individuals without and with diabetes mellitus and dementia-related death. Education, smoking, cardiovascular disease, body mass index, cholesterol, blood pressure, and physical activity were adjusted for. Individuals without diabetes mellitus at midlife with glucose levels between 6.5 and 11.0 mmol/L had a significantly greater risk of dementia-related death than those with levels less than 5.1 mmol/L (hazard ratio = 1.32, 95% confidence interval = 1.04–1.67) in a fully adjusted model. A dose-response relationship (P = .02) was observed. No significant association between high glucose levels in individuals aged 65 to 80 and dementia-related death was detected. High random glucose levels measured in middle-aged but not older age persons without known diabetes mellitus were associated with greater risk of dementia-related death up to four decades later.
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