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The call for the development of interprofessional educational programs that train healthcare professionals is cited by the National Center for Interprofessional Education as essential for improving quality of care and patient outcomes, and reducing healthcare costs. Geriatric Outreach and Training with Care (Got Care!) is a geriatric education and practice model designed to develop a cadre of healthcare providers skilled in interprofessional, geriatric care. Unique hands-on opportunities are provided for interprofessional students to learn together in the didactic arena and then reach out with geriatric expert faculty to conduct interprofessional home visits to older adults with multiple chronic conditions and high emergency use. The purpose of this paper is to describe the development and implementation of GOT! Care. Evaluation of the team’s collaborative practice strengths and weaknesses, and students’ levels of collaborative practice skills are presented. Recommendations and direction for the continuation of the program are discussed.
GOT! Care: Preparing the Emerging Healthcare Workforce for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: A Pilot Study.
Health and Interprofessional Practice
Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.7710/2159-1253.1116
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