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Hospitalization Risks


Elizabeth A. Phelan, M.D., M.S.

Elizabeth A. Phelan, M.D., M.S., is a board certified physician and founder and director of the Fall Prevention Clinic at Harborview, co-director of the UW Center for Interdisciplinary Geriatric Research, associate director of the UW Health Promotion Research Center and affiliate investigator with the Group Health Research Institute. She is also a UW associate professor of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine and adjunct associate professor of Health Services.

Dr. Phelan perceives herself to be a partner with patients in achieving their goals for health.

Dr. Phelan earned her M.D. at the UW. She has been awarded with the Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars in Aging Research Program Award, the Pfizer/American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research on Health Outcomes in Geriatrics, and has been named the UW Department of Medicine’s Philip and Helen Fialkow Scholar.

School of Medicine
University of Washington


Learning Objectives

By the end of this lecture, you should be able to:

  • Name three potential risks associated with hospitalization for older persons.
  • Describe why older persons are especially susceptible to complications when hospitalized.
  • Describe approaches to preventing complications and optimizing patient safety and outcomes.

[From the Winter 2013 Geriatric Healthcare Lecture Series]

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