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J Interprof Care. 2018 Sep;32(5):629-633. doi: 10.1080/13561820.2018.1457630. Epub 2018 Apr 6.

Geriatric Interdisciplinary Team Training 2.0: A collaborative team-based approach to delivering care.

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1
a Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing , New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing , New York , NY , USA.
2
b Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center , MSKCC Regional Network - Westchester , W. Harrison , NY , USA.
3
c Center for Home Care Policy and Research , Visiting Nurse Service of New York , New York , NY , USA.
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d Department of Pharmacy Practice , Touro College of Pharmacy , New York , NY , USA.

Abstract

Interprofessional collaborative education and practice has become a cornerstone of optimal person-centered management in the current complex health care climate. This is especially important when working with older adults, many with multiple chronic conditions and challenging health care needs. This paper describes a feasibility study of the Geriatric Interdisciplinary Team Training 2.0 (GITT 2.0) program focused on providing interprofessional care to complex and frail older adults with multiple chronic conditions. A concurrent triangulation mixed-methods design facilitated program implementation and evaluation. Over three years (2013-2016), 65 graduate students from nursing, midwifery, social work, and pharmacy participated along with 25 preceptors. Participants were surveyed on their attitudes toward interprofessional collaboration pre and post-intervention and participated in focus groups. While attitudes toward interprofessional collaboration did not change quantitatively, focus groups revealed changes in language and enhanced perspectives of participants. Based on the evaluation data, the GITT 2.0 Toolkit was refined for use in interprofessional education and practice activities related to quality initiatives.

KEYWORDS:

Collaboration; Geriatric team training; home care; interprofessional; medication management; older adults

PMID:
29624089
DOI:
10.1080/13561820.2018.1457630
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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