Facts & Figures. Doctor, I'm dizzy!
If one day, you'll have to see your GP...
(you'd better be aware of this)
Our GP is confronted with patients presenting dizziness in 2 to 5% of all consultations. By the way, it is also our GP who will see almost 1 in 2 of ambulatory patients with vertigo and dizziness first, being their 'first line doctor'.
But there is definitely something wrong with their training in this matter and with the medical protocol they should be able to rely on; more than 50% of their patients return home without clear diagnosis nor advice.
On the contary.
The lifetime prevalence of vertigo and dizziness for each individual is +/-
7.4%. A small third (30-32%) will experience vertigo, which is good for around 20 to
35 vertigo patients per GP per year.
The figures for the older population are even higher.
- For 65 to 75-year-olds it is the 3rd most common complaint in the GP's cabinet.
- Even the most common among people over 75.
Falls incidents are common. So what?
Did you know that about 1/3 of the over-65s fall every year? Often with fractures as a result, which can lead to admission to a care institution!
This brings us to balance disorders that play a prominent role in a frequent geriatric syndrome: "falling". No fewer than 80% of the elderly who land at the emergency dept. after a fall show symptoms of vestibular decline; 40% have vertigo complaints.
What do you think?
Is a medical protocol necessary for our primary care physicians and emergency services? I would say much-needed!
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Tania, Your House4balance President