Variables of the emergency physician and the elderly patient for therapeutic management in two highly complex hospitals, Bogotá D.C. 

  • Ballesteros-Ordonez, Ingrid (PI)
  • González-López, Francisco (CoI)
  • Ruiz Morales, Alvaro (CoI)
  • Moreno Luna, Socorro (CoI)
  • Gil Laverde , Fabian (CoI)

Project Details


Decision-making related to suspending or not starting treatments in elderly people who consult emergencies is increasingly frequent and represents a challenge in clinical practice; Because determinations are made as a priority and in many cases with limited information. Some of the factors that increase the complexity of this decision are related to the lack of prognostic evaluation tools of the patient who enters the emergency room, deficient information that the doctor in this service has and the absence of family members to define a specific management. Therefore, they are decisions that are not only limited to the clinical field, but also have a social and economic background, which will ultimately end up playing a fundamental role in the quality of life and clinical course of the elderly.
Effective start/end date24/12/1931/01/23

Collaborative partners

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


  • medical futility
  • elderly
  • emergency departments
  • withholding


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