Antimicrobial resistance and population aging

72.5% of family medicine residents consider geriatric care a major clinical challenge

June 8, 2022 10:59 AM

The Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine (semFYC) conducted a rapid survey among residents and young family physicians. The goal is to find out what they think it will be Major future challenges for specialization. Thus, the 72.5 percent of family medicine residents consider this care for seniors It is another of the most important clinical challenges.

It should be noted that people over 65 years of age suffer on average from two or more chronic diseases. Diseases very prevalent in Spain: affect more than 19 million people, 11 million of whom are women. This comes on the heels of the Cronos report prepared by the Spanish Association of Community Nursing.

In addition, it is estimated that this situation is increasing. However, in about 40 years, there will be more than 14 million elderly people in the country. That is approximately 30 per cent of the total population. All this means that there are a large number of chronic patients in the national health system.

Antibiotic resistance is one of the challenges of the future

This same survey revealed that 68.6% of those surveyed see antibiotic resistance as one of the major challenges for the future. Along these lines, it should be noted that in Spain, about 4,000 people die every year as a result of resistant infections, according to data from the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products. This is four times the deaths from traffic accidents.

“The Family physicians should be aware of their contribution to the proper use of antimicrobialss”, explains Mª Mercedes Martínez Granero, a member of semFYC. In the first place, avoid their prescriptions in cases where they are not necessary, thus reducing the pressure of global antibiotics. Second, optimizing treatments in cases where they are necessary. Especially in patients who are at risk of developing a serious infection or serious consequences of infectious processes. This is the case for the elderly, those with certain comorbidities or those who reside in social health centers”, concludes the expert.

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