Geriatric Care Boot Camp Series: Interprofessional education for a new training paradigm: Geriatric Care Boot Camp Series


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Abstract

Interprofessional education of health care professionals caring for older adults is critical to address the unique needs of geriatric patients. An interprofessional education program – the Geriatric Care Boot Camp Series (“Series”) – was designed for health care professionals to fill this education gap. The program consisted of three half-day, intensive boot camps conducted over a one-year period. A total of 112 learners participated; more than half were nurses. Data analysis revealed statistically significant increases following each boot camp in attendees’ reported knowledge about caring for older adults; statistically significant increases in comfort caring for older adults were also seen among participants in two boot camps. Attendees found the interprofessional nature of the program beneficial and said they would attend a similar program again. The Series is easily replicable, appealing to the target audience, and fulfills the need to better educate health care professionals on caring for older adults.

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