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Physician Assistant

Communicating with Geriatric Patients

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
Other Learning Resource Type: 
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Estimated time to complete: 
1
Abstract: 

Increasingly, all physicians who care for adults will care for growing numbers of older patients. These patients will offer challenges such as medical complexity, functional impairment, and living environment challenges, which will have to be organized, assessed, and managed in a fairly brief period of time. Perhaps the most important skill for a physician to learn in this environment is to wait for the patient to tell their story in their own time. This module will introduce you to some of the basic skills in communicating with older patients and their caregivers in order to optimize their function, management of their medical conditions, and long-term health outcomes.

Educational objectives: 

At the conclusion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Overcome communication barriers such as sensory and cognitive impairments and pursue vague or downplayed symptoms.
  • Even if patients are cognitively impaired or debilitated, address patients and establish their preferences about decision-making, before addressing caregivers.
  • Ask patients directly about sensitive topics, such as end-of-life values, suicidality, abuse and neglect and driving impairment.
  • Even with cognitively impaired patients, encourage a culture of open decision-making that involves caregivers (with permission).
  • Assess stress levels in caregivers and help them reduce caregiver burden.
  • Welcome and value collaboration, and process conflicts with other health professionals when providing care to older patients.
Date posted: 
Wed, 02/16/2011
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Wed, 11/30/2016
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Suggested Citation:
and . Communicating with Geriatric Patients. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2011 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/400

Clinical Evaluation Exercise (Mini-CEX) Mini-Cog

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
Other Learning Resource Type: 
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Estimated time to complete: 
1
Abstract: 

This mini-CEX is designed to observe a trainee performing a Mini-Cog on a patient. The trainees are then given direct feedback on their performance.

Educational objectives: 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate competence in introducing the subject of memory testing with a patient.
  2. Demonstrate competence in completing the mechanics of a Mini-Cog.
Date posted: 
Wed, 04/06/2011
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Wed, 04/06/2011
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Suggested Citation:
and . Clinical Evaluation Exercise (Mini-CEX) Mini-Cog. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2011 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/400

Educational Resources on Aging

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
Product Information
Abstract: 

The Educational Resources on Aging (ERA) is a Brown University website developed by the Reynolds project team at Brown University. The site contains all our aging-related curriculum products for medical students, residents, and faculty. These include organ system syllabi, problem-based learning cases for students in clerkships, SIM center cases, aging-related lecture slide sets, aging-related exam questions, Doctoring course guidelines, and much more. The site also contains relevant website tools, research articles, and presentations relevant to education in aging, organized by topic. To access the products on the ERA website, click on the "Table of Contents" link located on the left-hand side menu at this website: https://www.brown.edu/research/projects/educational-resources-on-aging/home.

Educational objectives: 

The ERA repository is designed to provide access to comprehensive information on major geriatrics topics by educators and clinicians.

Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

Brown University operates under the "fair use" exemption to the U.S. copyright law. If you plan to use copyrighted materials in ways that go beyond fair use or applicable copyright law, you will need to get written permission from the copyright holder.

Product Viewing Instructions: 
Use the url to access the ERA website: https://www.brown.edu/research/projects/educational-resources-on-aging/home
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Suggested Citation:
and . Educational Resources on Aging. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2009 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/400

Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms associated with Dementia (BPSD)

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
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Abstract: 

Case-based presentation regarding the definition, diagnosis, and management of Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms associated with Dementia (BPSD) based on most recent guidlines, meta-analysis and RCTs.

Educational objectives: 

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to: 1). Define BPSD 2). Evaluate BPSD 3). Discuss the Guidelines for Management of BPSD: a). Nonpharmacologic Interventions b). Pharmacologic Interventions

Date posted: 
Mon, 02/09/2009
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Fri, 04/16/2010
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Suggested Citation:
and . Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms associated with Dementia (BPSD). POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2009 Available from: https://pogoe.org/taxonomy/term/400

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