Lightning Talk

A Geriatric Resource Course to Improve Interprofessional Healthcare Delivery for the Older Adult Population

Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

We will describe a 40-hour Geriatric Resource Course (GRC) for interprofessional learners from healthcare and community provider settings implemented as part of a HRSA-funded Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). This program is designed to promote interprofessional collaborative practice in geriatrics. It originally combined online didactics, in-person lectures and experiential trainings at sites spanning healthy aging through end of life. With COVID, in-person site visits were changed to weekly virtual meetings spanning the same topics. Learners also attend virtual interprofessional team meetings for community-dwelling older adults to model interprofessional practice, two ECHO presentations, a team simulation event, and a Dementia Friends training. All GRC learners were surveyed to evaluate the GRC, including qualitative evaluations of each component of the program, as well as the value of the program to their professional practice. 26 learners completed evaluations Spring 2021. Professions included medicine, nursing, nurse practitioner, social work, nursing home support staff, music therapy, and patients/families/caregivers. Practice settings included ACO, Hospice, Emergency Department, nursing homes, hospitals, primary care, and Area Agencies on Aging. Overall, the online didactics were rated an average of 4.59 on a 5-point Likert scale, with no respondents rating modules poor or fair. The lectures were rated an average of 4.53, with all but 1 rated good to excellent. The average score for “the GRC will help me provide care over the continuum” was 4.57. The average for ECHOs was 4.25, for the interprofessional team was 4.05, for the simulation was 4.2, and for Dementia Friends was 4.43. All learners indicated they would refer others to the GRC. By conducting this interprofessional training virtually it is easier to accommodate larger groups of interprofessional learners. This education improves team-based care across the continuum which is known to improve outcomes in the older adult population and the wellbeing of the healthcare team.