Preparing advanced learners for geriatric team care: A short-term curricular model that works

Susan L. Glassburn, Glenda R. Westmoreland, Kathryn I. Frank, Janet S. Fulton, Emilie Garrison, Sarah Roth, Na Bo, Yan Tong, Debra K. Litzelman

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Abstract

Health outcomes for complex older adults are enhanced by interprofessional collaboration. Funded by a Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), an interprofessional team of educators developed a short-term geriatrics experience, including four hours of pre-clinical education and 12–20 hours of immersion in team-based care for advanced learners in nursing (n = 70 APN), social work (n = 48 MSW), and medicine (n = 122 medical students). Content focused on five areas: medication management, dementia, depression, falls, and myths about aging. Learners completed pre/post surveys measuring knowledge of geriatrics, attitudes toward geriatric patients and team care, and post-surveys regarding perceptions of the overall clinical experience. Results showed significant improvement in knowledge and attitudes toward older adults and interprofessional (IP) team practice. Qualitative comments reflected increased empathy toward and enthusiasm for working with older adults, valuing IP teams, and a desire for geriatrics content earlier in their respective curricula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalGerontology and Geriatrics Education
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • curriculum model
  • Geriatrics education
  • interprofessional education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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    Glassburn, S. L., Westmoreland, G. R., Frank, K. I., Fulton, J. S., Garrison, E., Roth, S., Bo, N., Tong, Y., & Litzelman, D. K. (Accepted/In press). Preparing advanced learners for geriatric team care: A short-term curricular model that works. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/02701960.2020.1795648