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Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2018 Apr 13:1-12. doi: 10.1080/02701960.2018.1463222. [Epub ahead of print]

An assisted living interprofessional education and practice geriatric screening clinic (IPEP-GSC): a description and evaluation.

Lee J1,2,3, Cioltan H2,4, Goldsmith P5, Heasley B2,6, Dermody M2,6, Fain M2,3, Mohler J1,2,4,5,3.

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a Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, College of Pharmacy , University of Arizona , Tucson , Arizona , USA.
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b Division of General Nursing and Health Education , University of Arizona Center on Aging , Tucson , Arizona , USA.
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f Division of Geriatrics and General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine , University of Arizona , Tucson , Arizona , USA.
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c Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health , University of Arizona , Tucson , Arizona , USA.
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e College of Nursing , University of Arizona , Tucson , Arizona , USA.
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d St. Luke's Home , Tucson , Arizona , USA.

Abstract

As the U.S. population ages and lives longer, we need to assure that future providers are prepared to work in highly functioning interprofessional teams to deliver person-centered care for older adults with complex chronic conditions. Assisted living facilities are ideal venues in which to train interprofessional health sciences students in providing such care. After monthly clinics involving interprofessional students (from the colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and school of social work) providing team-based care to older adults, students' post-clinic evaluations indicated perceived improvements in knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions about aging and care of older adults. In addition, participating older adults reported improved self-worth and enjoyment. The curriculum, evaluation outcomes, and lessons learned are described to support program replication.

KEYWORDS:

Assisted living; geriatric; interprofessional

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