The Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment (GET) Clinic, part of Duke’s Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, is both a service and a resource for the elderly and their families. Since its founding in 1967, the Clinic’s purpose has been to help persons over age 65 cope with the challenges of daily living and health maintenance – a goal that often is made more difficult by chronic illness and the aging process. Core staff members include physicians trained in geriatrics, internal medicine, family medicine and psychiatry, as well as social workers, psychologists and nurses. All have special training and substantial experience in caring for older adults with geriatric conditions. As part of the Duke University Medical Center, the Clinic enjoys access to many other specialists in surgery, medicine and allied health, including physical and occupational therapists. The GET Clinic also serves as a clinical research site. Because of the need to increase knowledge about the normal and abnormal aspects of aging, the opportunity to participate in research activities is offered to some patients. Research functions of the clinic are separate from the service functions, and participation in research projects is entirely voluntary. We look forward to working with you.
Harvey Jay Cohen, M.D.
Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
The GET Clinic provides a variety of services to older people and their families. They include:
- Medical Evaluation and Treatment of problems common in later life, including (but not limited to) arthritis, osteoporosis, urinary incontinence, shingles, post-shingles pain and multiple medication use. Clinic staff members are skilled in the assessment of elders with multiple problems. The goal of treatment is to help patients participate as fully as possible in the activities of daily living.
- Cognitive and Psychiatric Evaluation and Treatment of conditions such as memory problems, confusion, dementia, depression, anxiety and thought disorders. In addition to having a social worker on the team, the clinic is closely associated with the Duke Family Support Program and can arrange referral to this important resource for family members of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other disabling illnesses.
- Social Evaluation and Counseling for caregiver stress, adjustment issues for seniors and family members, problems of daily living and problems managing individuals with a dementing illness. The clinic also provides information about community resources that help older people continue living in their own homes.
- Level of Care Consultation to evaluate the need for appropriate care and to plan for it, if necessary.
TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
Currently, we accept appointments by physician referral only. Clinic staff members work cooperatively with the patient’s physician to develop a treatment plan that can be carried out in the home community in conjunction with the patient’s primary care provider. All information obtained through the assessment and evaluation in the Clinic will be shared with the family and referring physician as requested by the patient.
Please ask your physician’s office to contact us at 919-620-4070 between the hours of 8:00 – 4:30, Monday through Friday. The Clinic is located at 2580A Stead Bldg, DHS Blue Zone, 200 Trent Drive. Our full information is as follows:
Geriatric Evaluation and Treatment Clinic
Divsion of Geriatric Medicine
Medical Director: Mitchell T. Heflin, MD, MHS
Duke University Medical Center
Durham NC 27710
Physical Address: 2580A Stead Bldg, DHS Blue Zone
200 Trent Drive
Durham, NC 27710
VISITING THE CLINIC
The patient’s first visit takes from one-and-a-half to three hours. During this time, the patient and his/her family will be seen by a number of staff members. Because we make a complete assessment of each patient’s physical, psychological and social condition, it is not unusual for one or two physicians, a social worker, a nurse and other members of the clinic staff to take part in the examination. It is important that a copy of the patient’s medical records be sent or brought to the clinic for the first appointment. This allows staff members to prepare for the patient’s visit. Patients also should bring all the medications that they currently are taking, including non-prescription drugs. The GET Clinic honors private medical insurance, Medicare and Medicaid.