Interdisciplinary geriatric difficult case conference: innovative education across the continuum
Fedel MP, Hackbarth M, Malsch A, Pagel P. Interdisciplinary Geriatric Difficult Case Conference: Innovative Education Across the Continuum. JCOM: Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management. 2016; 23(3):
Background: There is a nationwide shortage of geriatric prepared providers. Caring for complex older adults is challenging.
Objective: To develop an efficient and affordable way to educate members of the interdisciplinary team involved in the care of geriatric patients.
Methods: A team from 3 area health systems developed a plan to present monthly case studies via teleconference. Cases are presented by a direct caregiver using the Wisconsin Star Method to facilitate analysis of the case. A geriatric expert and another member of the team presents teaching points, and questions are elicited and discussed.
Results: The team has completed 18 consecutive monthly teleconferences. Participant satisfaction has been favorable. Participation on the call has increased approximately 300% since the initiation of the program.
Conclusion: The case teleconference provides an accessible and affordable educational forum that provides learners an opportunity to improve their knowledge in care of older adults.