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Continuing Mobile Education - Psychosocial Issues


Continuing Mobile Education - Psychosocial Issues

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Lars Peterson, MD, Erik Rueckmann, MD, Dr. Manish Shah, MD, Peter Swanson, MD
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
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Continuing Mobile Education for EMS Providers is a video vodcast-based education program that includes interviews from physicians, EMTs, paramedics, and patients to help the EMS Provider give patients better care. The program was created to address the need for more "on-demand" educational opportunities for EMS Providers. Each month, a new block of four 10-minute vodcasts is posted to the program website, In the Psychosocial Issues block of podcasts, you will learn about elder abuse and neglect, psychology and aging, barriers to transporting the older prehospital patient, and strategies to access social services for prehospital patients.


Educational objectives: 

Episode 1: Elder Abuse and Neglect
- Participants will define elder abuse
- Participants will define elder neglect
- Participants will name strategies for identifying elder abuse and neglect
- Participants will describe key physical exam points in identifying abuse
- Participants will understand key documentation points

Episode 2: Psychology and Aging
- Participants will understand some of the psychological changes associated with aging
- Participants will understand the prevalence of mental illness among older adults
- Participants will recognize the importance of screening for depression in older adults

Episode 3: Barriers to Transporting the Older Adult
- Discuss some of the reasons why older adults do not wish to be transported to the hospital
- Understand strategies to sensitively encourage older adults to accept transport to the emergency department

Episode 4: Accessing Social Services for Geriatric Patients
- Learn strategies to determine when a social services evaluation is appropriate
- Become familiar with the types of services available to older adults
- Understand the positive impact a proper social services referral can have

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To use this product, you must have a high speed internet connection and speakers. 

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Suggested Citation:
Lars Peterson, Erik Rueckmann, Dr. Manish Shah and Peter Swanson. Continuing Mobile Education - Psychosocial Issues. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2009 Available from: