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Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Canes


Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Canes

University of Arizona College of Medicine
Cameron Hernandez, MD, Tracy Carroll, PT, Barry Weiss, MD
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Geriatrics Education for Specialty Residents (GSR)
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Canes is one of a continuing series of practical, evidence based, Provider Fact Sheets which summarize key geriatric topics and provide clinically useful assessments and interventions. Initially developed for remote, rural clinical sites, they are useful for students and health care professionals from many fields and across a very broad range of health care settings.

Educational objectives: 

After reading this issue of Elder Care, you should be able to…

  1. List the three main types of canes
  2. State which type of cane us best for patients who need the cane to support weight
  3. State the elbow flexion and length for a properly fitted cane
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Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
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Dr. Cameron Hernandez and Dr. Barry Weiss. Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Canes. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2018 Available from: