Educating primary care physicians in geriatric rehabilitation.
This article has reviewed the current status of primary care physician education in rehabilitation and the potential effects of current educational inadequacies on use of rehabilitation. The epidemiologic data regarding disease, development of disability, resource utilization, and its relevance to curriculum selection for rehabilitation were examined. Health care resources are limited, and given the increasingly important role the rehabilitation will play in health care, it is important that our educational efforts promote optimal use of those resources. A variety of teaching methods and their potential utility were discussed. Educating primary care physicians in the proper use of rehabilitation is of immediate importance for the large and growing older population. The use of available data on disease prevalence and impact to direct educational efforts will maximize the beneficial effects of our educational investments. The improved use of geriatric rehabilitation can make a significant impact on the health and quality of life for millions of older Americans.
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