Characteristics of Geriatric Rehabilitation Programs: A Survey of Practitioners

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Four-hundred-thirty-two Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredited inpatient facilities were surveyed to examine the nature of their geriatric programs, patients, and practitioners. There were 180 respondents (41.7%), including psychology directors and staff psychologists. Results revealed that geriatric patients, particularly those suffering stroke and orthopedic injuries, were prevalent in rehabilitation programs. Neuropsychological assessment and psychotherapy were the most common services delivered by psychologists. Although satisfied with geriatric work, practitioners reported little in the way of academic preparation and training experiences. Coursework, supervised training, and continuing education were consistently related to satisfaction with geriatric work experiences.

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