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An Interprofessional Approach to Chronic Conditions 5: Caregiver and Family Support in Managing Chronic Conditions

An Interprofessional Approach to Chronic Conditions 5: Caregiver and Family Support in Managing Chronic Conditions

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Author(s):  
Cecilia Borden, RN, Tarae Waddell-Terry, MS
Sponsor: 
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
POGOe Id: 
20651
Date Posted: 
09/21/2010
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/03/2012
Abstract: 

Caregiving can be rewarding and yet a challenge. The stress and strain of caregiving can be detrimental to the care provider’s health. The complexity of transitioning into the role of caregiver to identifying adequate resources for both the care recipient and care provider can be laborious. However, when proper resources have been identified for those involved it can make the process of caregving run smoothly. Furthermore, being an active member of the interprofessional healthcare team has its benefits. The concept of this module is to give healthcare professionals and students an understanding of the caregiver role while utilizing an interprofessional approach to care.  It also includes pre-test, post-test and exercises. A certificate of completion is awarded, after completing the module in its entirety.

Educational objectives: 

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

  • Provide information regarding transitioning to the caregiver role.
  • Provide guidelines to assess caregiver parameters.
  • Identify caregiver concerns and current social supports.
  • Discuss the role of the interprofessional team in supporting older adults and families experiencing caregiver roles.
  • Promote understanding of the caregiver role and identification of care recipient resources.
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

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.

Discipline/specialty: 
Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
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Suggested Citation:
An Interprofessional Approach to Chronic Conditions 5: Caregiver and Family Support in Managing Chronic Conditions. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2010 Available from: https://pogoe.org/productid/20651