Geriatrics is the area of medicine dealing with medical, cognitive, and functional issues in older people, who tend to have multiple, often competing, problems or diagnoses, and often take multiple medications. Geriatrics encompasses not only the disease, but also the individual, their lifestyle, their function, and their partner and family. Approaching an individual in a holistic manner is central to geriatric medicine.
Dr. Bill Gibson completed medical school at the University of Sheffield, UK, and received higher specialist training in general internal medicine and geriatrics in South Yorkshire, UK. He also completed a Geriatric Incontinence Fellowship at the University of Alberta.
Leadership and Collaborations:
Dr. Gibson collaborates with colleagues on research projects including the pathology of incontinence, mobility and cardiac health, treatments for incontinence, gait analyses, and analyses of delivery of care.
Dr. Gibson delivers both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, as well as being involved in patient and caregiver education for the Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT.
Dr. Gibson receives research funding from the University of Alberta, the Canadian Urological Society, and the Canadian Geriatrics Society. His area of research is urinary incontinence and includes the links between urinary incontinence and falls in older people; the impact of lower urinary tract symptoms on cognitive performance, managing urinary incontinence in dementia; and assessment of drugs used for overactive bladder syndrome. He is author or co-author on several published scientific articles in the geriatrics field.
Dr. Gibson holds a Canadian Geriatrics Society Research Grant awarded in 2017.
ageing, Cognition, Diverted attention, Dual task, geriatrics, Incontinence, Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms, old age
Gibson, W., et al., The association between lower urinary tract symptoms and falls: Forming a theoretical model for a research agenda. Neurourol Urodyn, 2018. 37(1): p. 501-509.
Surkan, M.J. and W. Gibson, Interventions to Mobilize Elderly Patients and Reduce Length of Hospital Stay. Can J Cardiol, 2018. 34(7): p. 881-888.
Allison, S.J. and W. Gibson, Mirabegron, alone and in combination, in the treatment of overactive bladder: real-world evidence and experience. Therapeutic Advances in Urology, 2018..
Gibson, W. and A. Wagg, Incontinence in the elderly, 'normal' ageing, or unaddressed pathology? Nat Rev Urol, 2017. 14(7): p. 440-448.
Gibson, W., et al., Treating Overactive Bladder in Older Patients with a Combination of Mirabegron and Solifenacin: A Prespecified Analysis from the BESIDE Study. Eur Urol Focus, 2017. 3(6): p. 629-638.
Gibson, W. and A. Wagg, Are older women more likely to receive surgical treatment for stress urinary incontinence since the introduction of the mid-urethral sling? An examination of Hospital Episode Statistics data. BJOG, 2016. 123(8): p. 1386-92.
Howlett, M., et al., Nocturnal Enuresis in Older People: Where Is the Evidence and What Are the Gaps? J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs, 2016. 43(4): p. 401-6.
Gibson, W., et al., A national benchmark for the initial assessment of men with LUTS: data from the 2010 Royal College of Physicians National Audit of Continence Care. World J Urol, 2016. 34(7): p. 969-77.
Dr. Gibson’s clinical interests include incontinence, frailty, dementia and complex comorbidity in older people. He sees patients at the University of Alberta Hospital and the Glenrose Hospital, and provides outreach services to Vegreville.