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Geriatric Resource Teams: Equipping Primary Care Practices to Meet the Complex Care Needs of Older Adults.

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Buhr, G; Dixon, C; Dillard, J; Nickolopoulos, E; Bowlby, L; Canupp, H; Matters, L; Konrad, T; Previll, L; Heflin, M; McConnell, E
Published in: Geriatrics (Basel, Switzerland)
October 2019

Primary care practices lack the time, expertise, and resources to perform traditional comprehensive geriatric assessment. In particular, they need methods to improve their capacity to identify and care for older adults with complex care needs, such as cognitive impairment. As the US population ages, discovering strategies to address these complex care needs within primary care are urgently needed. This article describes the development of an innovative, team-based model to improve the diagnosis and care of older adults with cognitive impairment in primary care practices. This model was developed through a mentoring process from a team with expertise in geriatrics and quality improvement. Refinement of the existing assessment process performed during routine care allowed patients with cognitive impairment to be identified. The practice team then used a collaborative workflow to connect patients with appropriate community resources. Utilization of these processes led to reduced referrals to the geriatrics specialty clinic, fewer patients presenting in a crisis to the social worker, and greater collaboration and self-efficacy for care of those with cognitive impairment within the practice. Although the model was initially developed to address cognitive impairment, the impact has been applied more broadly to improve the care of older adults with multimorbidity.

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Geriatrics (Basel, Switzerland)

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2308-3417

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2308-3417

Publication Date

October 2019

Volume

4

Issue

4

Start / End Page

E59

Related Subject Headings

  • 4203 Health services and systems
  • 3202 Clinical sciences
  • 1117 Public Health and Health Services
  • 1103 Clinical Sciences
 

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Buhr, G., Dixon, C., Dillard, J., Nickolopoulos, E., Bowlby, L., Canupp, H., … McConnell, E. (2019). Geriatric Resource Teams: Equipping Primary Care Practices to Meet the Complex Care Needs of Older Adults. Geriatrics (Basel, Switzerland), 4(4), E59. https://doi.org/10.3390/geriatrics4040059
Buhr, Gwendolen, Carrissa Dixon, Jan Dillard, Elissa Nickolopoulos, Lynn Bowlby, Holly Canupp, Loretta Matters, et al. “Geriatric Resource Teams: Equipping Primary Care Practices to Meet the Complex Care Needs of Older Adults.Geriatrics (Basel, Switzerland) 4, no. 4 (October 2019): E59. https://doi.org/10.3390/geriatrics4040059.
Buhr G, Dixon C, Dillard J, Nickolopoulos E, Bowlby L, Canupp H, et al. Geriatric Resource Teams: Equipping Primary Care Practices to Meet the Complex Care Needs of Older Adults. Geriatrics (Basel, Switzerland). 2019 Oct;4(4):E59.
Buhr, Gwendolen, et al. “Geriatric Resource Teams: Equipping Primary Care Practices to Meet the Complex Care Needs of Older Adults.Geriatrics (Basel, Switzerland), vol. 4, no. 4, Oct. 2019, p. E59. Epmc, doi:10.3390/geriatrics4040059.
Buhr G, Dixon C, Dillard J, Nickolopoulos E, Bowlby L, Canupp H, Matters L, Konrad T, Previll L, Heflin M, McConnell E. Geriatric Resource Teams: Equipping Primary Care Practices to Meet the Complex Care Needs of Older Adults. Geriatrics (Basel, Switzerland). 2019 Oct;4(4):E59.

Published In

Geriatrics (Basel, Switzerland)

DOI

EISSN

2308-3417

ISSN

2308-3417

Publication Date

October 2019

Volume

4

Issue

4

Start / End Page

E59

Related Subject Headings

  • 4203 Health services and systems
  • 3202 Clinical sciences
  • 1117 Public Health and Health Services
  • 1103 Clinical Sciences