Italy (SIGOT)

Società Italiana di Geriatria Ospedale e Territorio

Some facts on demography and geriatrics in Italy…

Total population: 60.589.445 (source
Percentage above 65 Yr: 21.74% (13.219.074)
Percentage above 80 Yr: 6.58% (4.004.449)

Number of physicians: 354.553 (data ENPAM)
Number of geriatricians: n/a
Total number of hospital beds: 209.774 (2011:, 2014) (3.5/1000)
Number of geriatric beds: n/a

Geriatrics is recognised as a...

  • speciality since <20 years

Geriatric medicine is found in...

  • acute care hospitals as acute geriatric wards
  • out-patient care settings
  • post-acute rehabilitation hospitals/clinics
  • nursing homes or long term care facilities

Members of the society (2017)

Total number of Members: 1050
Geriatricians: 730
Nurses: 320

Special interest groups within SIGOT

  • Pneumonia in Italian Acute Care for Elderly units (PIACE)-SIGOT Study Group, a national multicenter observational study of patients with pneumonia hospitalized in geriatric acute care divisions in Italy
  • Study Group on novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) real-world use in frail older patients
  • Inter-Society Working Group SIGOT – SIMEU (the Italian Society of Emergency Physicians) for Emergency Medicine in older patients
  • Together with other Societies, participation in the “Delirium Day” study group, a national multicenter point-prevalence study held every year in Italy
  • Together with other Societies, participation in the Gruppo Italiano Ortogeriatria (GIOG), a national observational study on Orthogeriatric Care in Italy

Other activities

Founded in 1986 by a group of hospital geriatricians, SIGOT holds its annual national congress in May or June. SIGOT has established regional sections in 18 of the 21 Italian regions and each regional section organizes a SIGOT regional congress each year. A representative of SIGOT is actually involved in a committee within the Italian Health Ministry designed to release an evidence-based document on the best standards of care for older persons in the hospital and in the community. In the last years, SIGOT has published some important studies regarding the functional trajectories of hospitalized older patients from the Progetto Dimissioni in Geriatria (ProDiGe) Study, organized by the Society.


Official Journal: “Geriatric Care”

A list of geriatric hospital units in Italy

S. Giovanni-Addolorata Hospital, Rome
Israelitico Hospital, Rome
Annunziata-Mariano Santo-S.Barbara Hospital, Cosenza
Istituto Nazionale di Riposo e Cura per gli Anziani (INRCA), Research Hospitals, Ancona, Cosenza and Fermo
Pugliese-Ciaccio Hospital, Catanzaro
University Hospital, Trieste
S. Giuseppe Moscati Hospital, Avellino
S. Maria Nuova Hospital, Reggio Emilia
University Hospital, Verona
Hospital of Rovigo
S.Orsola-Malpighi University Hospital, Bologna
Hospital of Legnago (Verona)
Hospital of Patti (Messina)
Hospital of Sondrio
Hospital of Piacenza
Amedeo d’Aosta Hospital, Torino
Hospital of Bentivoglio (Bologna)
S. Antonio Hospital, Padova
Hospital of Matera
Miulli Hospital, Acquaviva delle Fonti (Bari)
Hospital of Umbertide (Perugia)
Hospital of Belluno
Galliera Hospital, Genova
Fatebenefratelli Hospital, San Maurizio Canavese (Torino)
S. Bortolo Hospital, Vicenza
S. Carlo Hospital, Potenza
Garibaldi Hospital, Catania
Ingrassia Hospital, Palermo
Poliambulanza Hospital, Brescia
Hospital of Sassari

Contact details

The president of the Society:
Prof. Lorenzo Palleschi

General Assembly member in the EuGMS:
Prof. Antonio Cherubini

Email: segreteria(at)

Viale Maresciallo Pilsudski, 118
00197 Roma
Tel: +39 06 845431
Fax: +39 06 84543700


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