COMPARATIVE STUDY
JOURNAL ARTICLE

"Geriatricizing" hospitalists: identifying educational opportunities

Susan M Friedman, Suzanne M Gillespie, Annette M Medina-Walpole, Thomas V Caprio, Jurgis Karuza, Robert M McCann
Gerontology & Geriatrics Education 2013, 34 (4): 409-20
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The objective of this study was to identify differences between geriatricians and hospitalists in caring for hospitalized older adults, so as to inform faculty development programs that have the goal of improving older patient care. Eleven hospitalists and 13 geriatricians were surveyed regarding knowledge, confidence, and practice patterns in caring for hospitalized older adults, targeting areas previously defined as central to taking care of older hospitalized patients. Overall, geriatricians had more confidence and more knowledge in caring for older hospitalized adults. The areas in which hospitalists expressed the least confidence were in caring for patients with dementia, self-care issues, and care planning. Geriatricians reported more routine medication reviews, functional and cognitive assessments, and fall evaluations. Geriatricians and hospitalists differ in their approach to older adults. Where these differences reflect lack of knowledge or experience, they set the stage for developing curricula to help narrow these gaps.

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