The Southeast Texas Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (SETxGWEP) has developed the following training to enhance geriatrics in primary care and incorporate age-friendly health systems throughout academic primary care networks and community-based primary care sites.
Geriatrics for Primary Care and Hospitalists
This 5-hour course is designed to teach primary care providers and hospitalists, the backbone of medical care for older Americans, to effectively identify, evaluate, and treat conditions unique to older adults. The course focuses on geriatric clinical issues commonly encountered in both inpatient and outpatient care settings. Lectures are presented by SETxGWEP geriatric faculty who are nationally recognized for their expertise in chronic disease management and will involve best practice strategies and education through case studies, lectures, and suggested readings. Each session includes a knowledge quiz and explanations of the correct answers.
The 4Ms of Age-Friendly Care
In the past century, we have gone from a society with a large base of youth and an ever-narrowing number of adults who reach advanced age to a society with a smaller youth base than adults. The gap between full-time geriatricians and the demand was already quite wide in 2013, according to the American Geriatrics Society. Extrapolating from the data, the gap will widen considerably by 2025.
Dr. Kevin Foley and Dr. Clare Luz looked broadly at the healthcare workforce to include family and general internal medicine physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and home health providers. The authors still predict a persistent unmet need for medical practices that focus on the needs of older adults. Meeting this challenge head-on, Age-Friendly Health Systems is the joint initiative of The John A. Harford Foundation and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement along with the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association of the United States. The current goal of the initiative is to spread the Age-Friendly 4M Framework rapidly to 2,600 medical practices and U.S. hospitals by June 2023.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Apply interprofessional and interconnected approaches of the Age-Friendly 4M Framework in their professional role.
- Describe a method to align care with an older adult’s health outcome goals and care preferences.
- Identify the need for de-prescribing and dose adjustments when using high-risk medications.
- List the benefits of identifying dementia in older adults, resources for assessment, and supportive interventions.
- Describe the relationship between normal aging and dementia.
- Discuss how mobility affects the other three Ms of Age-Friendly Health Systems.
This activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, ambulatory clinic nurses, pharmacists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, and public health professionals. There is 1 CE credit associated with completion of the module for all targeted discipline.
IDENTIFYING HEALTHCARE PRIORITIES
For healthcare staff of all disciplines to learn how to work with patients to identify their health priorities, which includes their core life values, health outcome goals and healthcare preferences.
ALIGNING DECISIONS AND CARE WITH PATIENTS’ HEALTH PRIORITIES
For healthcare providers to learn decisional strategies to identify and overcome typical challenges faced while operationalizing care plan changes guided by identified patient priorities.
Project ECHO is a program focusing on the care of adults with dementia, behavioral management, and ethical issues in the recruitment of older adults into research. It is an innovative distance-learning model to build workforce capacity and improve access to specialty care by providing front-line clinicians with the knowledge and support they need to manage patients in their own communities.
The ECHO program provides an opportunity to build your expertise and become a leader in dementia care. Using web-based video conference technology, expert interdisciplinary specialist teams and community practice teams come together in 11 monthly, hour-long learning sessions and engage in case-based learning and brief didactic presentations. Dementia experts mentor and teach, and clinicians retain responsibility for their patients’ care, fostering an “all teach, all learn” environment.
Pain Management and Opioid Use in Older Adults
With the growing opioid pandemic, there is a need to educate prescribers on appropriate utilization of opioids in their care of older adults. There is also a need to familiarize physicians with the Texas State code requirements regarding proper screening and pain management contracts.
This training helps to incorporate:
- The utilization of opioid risk tools or other screening tool(s) into your practice.
- The practice of reviewing the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) before prescribing any controlled substances.
This two-part online lecture aimed at prescribing healthcare providers including, physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, social workers, and other healthcare professionals, lasts for 2 hours and has been designated by Baylor College of Medicine for Continuing Education credits. Click below for more detailed information and to get started.