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An Interprofessional Approach to Chronic Conditions 4: Social Issues Related to Chronic Conditions

An Interprofessional Approach to Chronic Conditions 4: Social Issues Related to Chronic Conditions

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Doris Chechotka-McQuade, PhD, Tarae Waddell-Terry, MS, Lisa Mattei, PA-C
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
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Social issues are certainly a challenge to adequate healthcare for the older adult. However, identifying appropriate resources and utilizing evidence based models such as the Chronic Care Model and interprofessional care will assist with overcoming obstacles associated with this topic area. The concept of this module is to give healthcare professionals and students an understanding of chronic illness on older people as a determent for quality of life. It also includes pre-test, post-test and exercises. A certificate of completion is awarded, after completing the module in its entirety.

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Upon completion of this module, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the complexities of the biopsychosocial context of chronic conditions for older persons.
  • Recognize the impact of social issues in managing older persons with chronic conditions.
  • Identify the role of community aging service network to support and manage the care of older adults.
  • Integrate the core values of service delivery into the Chronic Care Model.
  • Recognize the importance of interprofessional collaboration in the provision of chronic care services.
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Technical Requirements and Notes: This learning module uses Adobe Flash media and may require you to add a browser "plug-in" in order to display properly. Most computers already have this free plug-in installed. But, if yours does not, it is very easy to download and install. Try the module first because the software is "smart" enough to detect the Flash player. If the module doesn't begin, you will be automatically prompted to download the plug-in. The module contains links to external websites which will open in a new browser window. Your browser's back button will not return to the module, so these new windows should be closed.

In order to track your progress, you must create an account and fill out a brief demographic profile. Once the profile has been created, you can log directly into the course.

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Dr. Doris Chechotka-McQuade, PhD, Ms. Lisa Mattei, MPAS, PA-C and Tarae Waddell-Terry, MS. An Interprofessional Approach to Chronic Conditions 4: Social Issues Related to Chronic Conditions. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2009 Available from: