A Multisite Geriatric Education Program for Rural Providers in the Veteran Health Care System (GRECC-Connect)

William W. Hung, Michelle Rossi, Stephen Thielke, Thomas Caprio, Steven Barczi, B. Josea Kramer, Gary Kochersberger, Kenneth S. Boockvar, Abraham Brody, Judith L. Howe

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Abstract

Older patients who live in rural areas often have limited access to specialty geriatric care, which can help in identifying and managing geriatric conditions associated with functional decline. Implementation of geriatric-focused practices among rural primary care providers has been limited, because rural providers often lack access to training in geriatrics and to geriatricians for consultation. To bridge this gap, four Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Centers, which are centers of excellence across the nation for geriatric care within the Veteran health system, have developed a program utilizing telemedicine to connect with rural providers to improve access to specialized geriatric interdisciplinary care. In addition, case-based education via teleconferencing using cases brought by rural providers was developed to complement the clinical implementation efforts. In this article, the authors review these educational approaches in the implementation of the clinical interventions and discuss the potential advantages in improving implementation efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-40
Number of pages18
JournalGerontology and Geriatrics Education
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

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Keywords

  • geriatrics education
  • rural
  • telehealth intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Education
  • Medicine(all)

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A Multisite Geriatric Education Program for Rural Providers in the Veteran Health Care System (GRECC-Connect). / Hung, William W.; Rossi, Michelle; Thielke, Stephen; Caprio, Thomas; Barczi, Steven; Kramer, B. Josea; Kochersberger, Gary; Boockvar, Kenneth S.; Brody, Abraham; Howe, Judith L.

In: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, Vol. 35, No. 1, 01.2014, p. 23-40.

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Hung, WW, Rossi, M, Thielke, S, Caprio, T, Barczi, S, Kramer, BJ, Kochersberger, G, Boockvar, KS, Brody, A & Howe, JL 2014, 'A Multisite Geriatric Education Program for Rural Providers in the Veteran Health Care System (GRECC-Connect)', Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 23-40. https://doi.org/10.1080/02701960.2013.870902
Hung, William W. ; Rossi, Michelle ; Thielke, Stephen ; Caprio, Thomas ; Barczi, Steven ; Kramer, B. Josea ; Kochersberger, Gary ; Boockvar, Kenneth S. ; Brody, Abraham ; Howe, Judith L. / A Multisite Geriatric Education Program for Rural Providers in the Veteran Health Care System (GRECC-Connect). In: Gerontology and Geriatrics Education. 2014 ; Vol. 35, No. 1. pp. 23-40.
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