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Communicating with Geriatric Patients

Course #: 03-012

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CE Credit Hours: 4.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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Course Description

Course Description

Ongoing communication is key to working effectively with your older patient.  This course will introduce skills that are essential in caring for older patients and their families. Paying attention to communication increases the odds of greater health for your patient and satisfaction for you both.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

1.  Summarize how ageism can influence both patients and physicians.

2.  List tips to enhance communication with a patient who has lost some hearing.

3.  Explain considerations when communicating diagnoses and treatment plans for patients with chronic conditions.

4.  Describe how cultural differences have an impact on how patients view doctors and medicine.

5.  Become familiar with communication techniques when working with a confused or cognitively impaired patient.

Course Syllabus/Outline

Considering Health Care Perceptions 0.32 Contact Hours
Understanding Older Patients 0.44 Contact Hours
Obtaining the Medical History 0.40 Contact Hours
Encouraging Wellness 0.28 Contact Hours
Talking About Sensitive Subjects 0.80 Contact Hours
Supporting Patients With Chronic Conditions 0.28 Contact Hours
Breaking Bad News 0.28 Contact Hours
Working With Diverse Older Patients 0.20 Contact Hours
Including Families and Caregivers 0.20 Contact Hours
Talking With Patients About Cognitive Problems 0.52 Contact Hours
Keeping the Door Open 0.28 Contact Hours

Total = 4 Contact hours

Instructional Level:  Basic

AOTA Classification Code: Domain of Occupational Therapy

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