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Gerontologist. 1994 Dec;34(6):833-8.

Interdisciplinary team training in geriatrics: reaching out to small and medium-size communities.

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Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30341-3724.

Abstract

Since 1989, six teams in the state of Michigan have been involved in a team training program designed to promote the development of geriatric services in small to medium-size communities. The program was enthusiastically received by participants, but after 18 months, only half of the teams had implemented clinical services for older adults. Monitoring the progress of the teams over 18 months and analyzing the activities of two teams revealed that financially stable and supportive sponsoring agencies and the community were critical factors in the implementation of interdisciplinary clinical services in geriatrics. Future team training programs trying to promote the development of geriatric services in small to medium-size communities should try to address these issues through community organization interventions.

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