Author: Mix M and Stewart R Publication Year: 2013
Summary: The number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to rise and poverty and risk of medical conditions are expected to increase. This paper describes a care delivery and education model extending primary care reach through partnership with the goal of improving health.
Description: The number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to rise exponentially. Poverty and risk of medical conditions are likewise expected to increase. There is a need for alternative care models specifically for low-income elderly. We describe a care delivery and education model extending primary care reach through partnership with a nurse-managed wellness center and interdisciplinary home visitations with goals of improving health and promoting medical management self-efficacy. Interprofessional education enhances teamwork and communication skills. Interprofessional education teaches competency in collaborative practice, helps achieve best clinical outcomes and develops a mutual understanding of, and respect for, both disciplines.
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